IGBO MAIDEN SPIRIT MASK 4, Nigeria

 

Photographs © Tim Hamill

 IGBO Spirit 4
18", $500
SOLD

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.

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