AFIKPO MASK, Nigeria

This mask/headdress has been vetted as authentic with signs of significant age and use, dating from the late 19th Century


 

AFIKPO
Mask 19
6.5" high x 13.75" long
$400

 

AFIKPO STYLE MASKS, Nigeria

The masks below were probably made to be sold.


 

AFIKPO Style
Mask 13
12" high
$100

 

AFIKPO Style
Mask 15
8.5" high
$100

 

AFIKPO Style
Mask 18
17" high
$100

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AFIKPO STYLE, MASKS, Nigeria

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, those with peglike projections and a curved blade form on top are mmaji, or yam blade masks. The blade is the shape of a machete used to harvest the yams.

 

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