The Igbo/Afikpo Yam Knife mask or “mma ji,” was used in the Okumkpa ceremonies during the dry season festivals. The forehead represents a knife or machete, with three peg-like projections below, the eyes are slit and the polychrome painted mask is wrapped in grass coils.

Origin:  S.E. Nigeria
Time Period: Early 20th c
Provenance:  Ex: Charles Robertson collection, San Diego, CA
Materials: Wood, polychrome paint, grass fiber with custom stand
Dimensions: 13 in. high x 4 1/2 in. wide
Condition:  Appears in excellent condition
Inventory #A1006
Price: $1,500

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