Igbo Mask With Headcrest Birds Nigeria African Art
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Igbo Mask With Headcrest Birds Nigeria African Art:
TitleIgbo Mask with Headcrest Birds Nigeria African ArtType of ObjectMaskCountry of OriginNigeriaPeopleIgbo MaterialsWood, pigment, clayApproximate Age20th centuryOther DimensionsHeight: 24 Inches
Width: 8 Inches
Depth: 12 Inches
Overall ConditionFairDamage/RepairCracks, chips and a well worn patina
Additional Information:The Igbo people have produced multitude of masks. Each area has its own typology of masks. The present mask seems to come from the southwestern Igbo and was probably used to entertain the community. Among the Igbo, such masks would also dance each year during the peak of the rainy season. Several southEastern Igbo groups stop regular activities for a full month to celebrate the time when water spirits descend from their homes in the clouds to dwell and cavort with human beings. These spirits materialize as masqueraders, who dance and strut and flog people in the villages. The white faced masks are female, and are kind. Their darker and uglier male counterparts are mischief makers. masquerade The ceremonies are believed to have been brought by a woman, but women are not allowed to participate.
For much more information, and excellent pictures, see IGBO ARTS by Cole and Aniakor.
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