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This compelling mask was made by the Ogoni people of Ogoniland in Rivers State, south-eastern Nigeria, who have a vibrant mask making and masquerading culture, stretching far back into their history. Traditional Ogoni religion is rooted in the worship of the natural environment and ancestral human and animal spirits.
This mask has both human and hornbill bird-like features and may represent ancestor or nature spirits. The mask would have been worn by boys or men during Elu (or spirit) masquerades which are performed at burial ceremonies, celebrations such as the annual yam harvest festival, to welcome important visitors and for general entertainment.