Opanwa (carrying child) mask or Queen mask is used to celebrate the end of the dry season. The mask is worn by men of the secret Mmwo society during Okumkpa ceremonies. The performer represents a girl whose dancing behaviour is mimicked as gracefully and delicate as possible by the other performer also dressed as a girl.
Wood | h 75 cm | 29,5 in. | 20th century
Private collection, Belgium