S’ajoute enfin le rarissime réseau de scarifications – notamment concentriques sur chaque hémiface - que l’on retrouve sur des masques publiés dès 1978 par Wittmer et Arnett dans Three Rivers of Nigeria. Art of the Lower Niger, Cross and Benue from the Collection of William and Robert Arnett (p. 21 et 29).
This ancient mask, of great rarity, is a superb example of the confluence of formal styles and historical and cultural relations that have developed between cultural groups in the north of the Cross River region of Nigeria. The idealized face, with its sharp features, is dominated by a slender, hooked nose, framed by close-set eyes sculpted into deep orbits and set above the open mouth revealing small teeth. The delicate features are set off by the narrow face, extended through deep sides, with ears placed far back. The domed forehead is set beneath a high coiffure adorned with a sagittal crest, with the hair delineating regular geometric patterns, deeply engraved and emphasized by the intense dark patina.
The incredibly rare scarification decoration is a concentric appearance on either side of the face - can be seen on masks published in 1978 by Wittmer and Arnett in Three Rivers of Nigeria. Art of the Lower Niger, Cross and Benue from the Collection of William and Robert Arnett (p. 21 and 29), attesting to the time period when related masks were used.
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