Bini Mask, Nigeria
H: 26,5 cm (10,4″), W: 17 cm (6,7″), D: 9,5 cm (3,7″)
Bini or Ibibio people live near Benin city in Nigeria. Many art objects of the Bini people are similar to pieces from the Yoruba or Benin people. However the Bini masks are of a very autonomous shape.
Similar masks were used within the rituals of the secret Ekpo-Society in order to protect the people against illness.
Provenance: Private Danish collection. It was either acquired directly from Lau (Laurence) Sunde’s collection in Copenhagen, which dates back to the 1940s, or Lau (Laurence) Sunde was an adviser to the collector.
Sunde had a “Etnografica” boutique in 1948, that became recognized among collectors as the most specialized boutique of its kind at the time. Tribal and oriental artefacts were purchased from private collectors as well as at auctions in Paris, Amsterdam and London, among other places.
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