AFIKPO MASK 4, Nigeria
Photographs © Tim Hamill
AFIKPO, MASK 4, 7", $800, SOLD
The Afikpo are a small subgroup of the Igbo people in Nigeria.
Most of their masks are small and are danced at Yam festivals or for satire
and entertainment. Two types here are classified. Those with a flat board
superstructure are mba masks (2 &5), those with peglike projections
and a curved blade form on top are mmaji, or yam blade masks
(1,3 & 7). The blade is the shape of a machete used to harvest the yams.
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