benin pendant mask
country: benin kingdom, nigeria
size: 10.5" (26.7 cm)
provenace: scaasi collection
note: stand not included
This mask portrays the Queen Mother (Iyoba) who not only held prestigious office but was also extremely influential. Pendant masks were worn on a belt around the hip.
The mask picture here is a contemporary reproduction.
Notes on the Scaasi Collection: The bulk of the collection was put together in the 1970's from galleries in the New York area while the collector was living in Greenwich Village. His collecting continued over the years though with a piece added here and there through till the mid to late 1990’s. No documentation exists, the information is from family members.