WURKUN YOKE or SHOULDER MASKS and FIGURE, Nigeria

 

Wurkun 1
48" high
$1500

 Wurkun 2
50" high
$1500


The Wurkun figure below has been sold and is left here for reference and educational purposes.

Wurkun 3
17.5" high
SOLD

 

MUMUYE
Yoke/Shoulder
Masks

 

MUMUYE
Yoke/Shoulder
Masks 2

 

JUKUN
Yoke/Shoulder
Mask

Photographs © Tim Hamill

WURKUN, YOKE MASKS, Nigeria

The Wurkun, like the Mumuye, have shoulder or yoke masks, known as Sukwava, which displays an elongated neck set under a diminutive head, but with much more expressive features. Traditionally, they were used during pre-war ceremonies, but nowadays they are worn during rain-making and healing practices.

Peoples such as the Mumuye, the Chamba, the Jukun, the Wurkun and the Montol live along the Benue River in eastern Nigeria.

Despite their wonderful appearance these yoke masks were probably made to be sold.

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