Mask - Wood - Fily Keita (USA, Los Angeles) - Igbo - Nigeria

Description
Mask - Wood - Fily Keita (USA, Los Angeles) - Igbo - Nigeria
Mid 20th century - Excellent

This mask is called Agbogho by the Igbo.
The ‘Agbogho (woman) Mmuo (spirit)’ mask/dancer is the equivalent to our Venus or Aphrodite.

It represents the spirit of a young girl.

Sometimes it is used as an ‘advertising support’ (representing a scene, like the Gélédé of the Yoruba).

These masks are always carved with the greatest care.

Horns are a masculine attribute (cf. ‘Mgbedike’, the brave, the fearsome).

These are used for dances during harvest celebrations, and each year these honour the ‘spirit of earth’ which is sometimes placed next to the ‘spirit of the mother’, another type of Ibo mask.

The dancers wear fake breasts to caricature the preciousness of young women who intend to get married.

They entertain the crowd with their mimics.
(Various sources including V. Martellière).

Lot details
Object
Mask
Indigenous object name
Fily Keita (USA, Los Angeles)
Ethnic group/ culture
Igbo
Region/ country
Nigeria
Material
Wood
Period
Mid 20th century
Condition
Excellent
Sold with stand
Yes
Dimensions
40×16×16 cm
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