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).
- Indigenous object name
- Fily Keita (USA, Los Angeles)
- Ethnic group/ culture
- Region/ country
- Mid 20th century
- Sold with stand
- 40×16×16 cm