The Osuan is a title (like the Duke of Windsor) in the Benin Kingdom. The title was bestowed by the Oba, and from that time on it passed from father to son. The distinctive hat is worn once per year when the Osuan goes to the palace to participate in ceremonies before the Oba. The Osuan is supposed to have special powers to make the crops grow strong and healthy.
This very detailed and lovely mask stands 18 inches tall and weighs just under 4 pounds. It is designed to be hung on the wall, or on a stand.
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