IGBO MAIDEN SPIRIT MASK 11, Nigeria

 

Photographs © Tim Hamill

IGBO
Spirit 11
18" high
$400
SOLD

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