Mask (1) - Wood - Helmet mask. - Igbo - Nigeria

Description
Mask (1) - Wood - Helmet mask. - Igbo - Nigeria
Early 20th century - Good

African-Maiden-Spirit-Helmet-Mask-Agbogho-Mmwo-Igbo-Nigeria.
A 'classic' Ibo mask with a white-coloured face. It depicts the ‘beautiful girl who comes from the afterlife’. The male dancers of the 'Mmwo masks' perform in polychrome, tight-fitting full-body costumes during the annual feasts and ceremonies in honour of their gods, ancestors and women. Its long, narrow face, with long nose, slit eyes and scarification marks, is coloured in white. This signifies that the person comes from the afterlife or the realm or the dead.

Lot details
Total nr of items
1
Object
Mask
Indigenous object name
Helmet mask.
Ethnic group/ culture
Igbo
Region/ country
Nigeria
Material
Wood
Period
Early 20th century
Condition
Good
Sold with stand
No
Dimensions
49×32×20 cm
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