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Crest Mask - Wood - Igbo / Ibo - Nigeria - Asian African Art
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Crest Mask – Wood – Igbo / Ibo – Nigeria

 250,00

Object Crest Mask
Ethnic group: Igbo / Ibo
Country: Nigeria
Material: Wood
Estimated period: Second half 20th century
Sold with stand: No
Dimensions: 65x35x35 cm
Weight: 7000 gram
Condition: Good condition, used with some signs of wear

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SKU: 18.5 Category: Search for: , ,
Description

Enormous crest mask from the Igbo people of Nigeria.
Ibo or Igbo are known for masquerades associated with the Iko Okochi harvest festival, in which the forms of the masks are determined by tradition, the festival theme content varies yearly.

The Igbo use thousands of masks, which incarnate unspecified spirits of the dead, forming a vast community of souls. The outstanding characteristic of the many Igbo masks is that they are painted chalk white, the color of the spirit. Masked dancers wore extremely elaborate costumes (sometimes ornamented with mirrors) and often their feet and hands were covered. With their masks, the Igbo oppose beauty to bestiality, the feminine to the masculine, black to white (Zyama).

Good condition with a beautiful aged patina, covered with phembe, white kaoliƫn. An ancestor head and two animals are sitting above the coiffure of the mask. Those figures can get taken out. The mask can stand on it`s own.
Heavy piece, total weigth: 7000 gram.

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