Mask - Wood - Agbogho Mmwo - IGBO / IBO - Nigeria - Asian African Art
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Mask – Wood – Agbogho Mmwo – IGBO / IBO – Nigeria

 350,00

Mid 20th century – Good condition, used with some signs of wear

Object: Mask
Indigenous object name: Agbogho Mmwo
Ethnic group/ culture: IGBO / IBO
Region/ country: Nigeria
Material: Wood
Period: mid 20th century
Condition: Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand: No
Dimensions: 50×21×23 cm
Weight: 1800 g

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Description

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).

Provenance: former private collection from Belgium. Collected in the period 1953 – 1959 (More details provided to buyer).
Sold with a certificate of authenticity.

Shipping within 24 hours after the payment is received. Tracking number will be provided. Signature upon delivery. Fully insured.
May as well be viewed and picked up at the Asian African Art Gallery in Vessem (NL).

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