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Animal mask – Wood – Ibo – Nigeria


Object Animal mask
Ethnic group: Ibo
Country: Nigeria
Material: Wood
Estimated period: Second half 20th century
Sold with stand: No
Dimensions: 39x23x14 cm
Weight: 950 gram
Condition: Good condition, used with some signs of wear

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Animal mask from the IBO tribe of Nigeria.
These face masks of the Ibo from the southeast of Nigeria are a smaller version of the large helmet masks ‘Agbogho Mmwo’, with their tall, carved top pieces. Just like the ‘Agbogho Mmwo’ helmets, these masks are worn by men in tight, colourful costumes, where they dance with them during harvest festivals as well as ceremonies honouring ancestors, women and earth deities. Good condition with traces of wear and tear.
The mask has animal ears from a Leopard. The leopard is a mighty and powerful royal animal, which rules the savanna as the king rules over his people.



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