IGBO STYLE MASK 22, Nigeria

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

IGBO STYLE
Mask 22
22" high
$500

A common characteristic of Igbo masks is that they are painted white, the color of the spirit.

The best known among them are the so-called Maiden Spirit masks (Agbogho mmwo) which are danced by men at agricultural festivals and funerals of prominent members of the village. Topped by elaborate coiffures, these masks are said to represent the beauty and purity of deceased maidens. Since these masks lack the coiffures, they are of a different type.

In spite of its appearance, we believe this mask was carved to be sold.

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