About this artwork
This strikingly abstract mask was once covered with potent red abrus seeds that were held in place by a resin paste. It would have been used in initiation rituals for one of six age-grade associations. Among the Sha people, a mask like this one represents a male spirit called Akirang who had a female counterpart named Aja. The Kulere equivalent of Akirang was Asho, a spirit associated with human and agricultural fertility.
- Nigeria (Object made in)
- Wood and rubber
- H.: 64.8 cm (25 1/2 in.)
- Gift of Richard Faletti, the Faletti Family Collection