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Mask – Wood – Agbogho Mmwo – Igbo / Ibo – Nigeria


Object Agbogho Mmwo Mask
Ethnic group: Igbo / Ibo
Country: Nigeria
Material: Wood
Estimated period: Second half 20th century
Sold with stand: No
Dimensions: 64x24x24 cm
Weight: 3600 gram
Condition: Good condition, used with some signs of wear

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SKU: 18.13 Category: Tags: , ,

Stunning Agbogho Mmwo 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 figure is sitting on a snake above the coiffure of the mask.



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