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Mask - Wood - Afikpo - Igbo - Ivory Coast

Mask - Wood - Afikpo - Igbo - Ivory Coast

An Afikpo Igbo mask, Nigeria

H: 42 cm- 16 inch 50cm on the custom made metal and wood stand ( included in your package ).

PROVENANCE: Carlo Bold collection, Antwerp.

CONDITION: Wood, remains of polychrome paint ( black, red, white). Raffia on the back around the rim. Dry patina but slightly shiny on some parts. Some chips missing at the lower part of the mask, abrasions at the protruding parts ( see pictures)

This African Mask is also named "Oba Maoro" and is from the Afikpo Igbo people of Nigeria


Composed of a succession of geometric forms, the cone face marked by a jagged medial rib projected in high relief and by the slit eyes stretching on its width. Triangular holes in the mask. It is surmounted by a high openwork palette of triangular, square and oval motives. Crusty patina, with highlights of red tokula, dark pigments, and white kaolin pigments.

According to Ottenberg (in Paudrat, Kerchache, Stephan, 1988: 550), the Afikpo kept few effigies - unlike the Igbo of the north - and focussed more on the creation of the "mask-costume-dance" ensemble

This type of mask came mainly during the Okumkpa masquerade - a series of satirical parodies and songs and dances - in which hundreds of participants participated (Joubert in R.M.N., 1997: 286).

Estimated age: mid-XXth.

All our exclusive Art may be viewed or picked up in David Norden's Buy African Antiques Shop in Antwerp, or by appointment.

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David Norden is a third generation antique dealers, dealing in African Art in Antwerp-Belgium since 1992.

Object Mask
Indigenous object name Afikpo
Ethnic group/ culture Igbo
Region/ country Ivory Coast
Material Wood
Period 1st half 20th century
Condition Fair condition, used with visible signs of wear
Sold with stand Yes
Dimensions 42×13×23 cm
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