AFIKPO STYLE MASKS, Nigeria

While originating from the African continent, these masks are likely not created by the tribe who invented the design. The tribal attribution indicates the origin of the design, not the object.

 

AFIKPO Style
Mask 13
12" high
$200

 

AFIKPO Style
Mask 15
8.5" high
$150

 

AFIKPO Style
Mask 18
17" high
$200

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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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