FUNCTION: the MVO mask represented here evokes the ideal of feminine beauty.
The hairstyle arranged in four summit buns illustrates the importance of a great dignitary’s lineage.
POPULATION: IBO or IGBO from southeast Nigeria.
MATERIAL(S): dry forest type wood with a strong presence of grooves, visible on the surface treated with white Kaolin; wonderful brown intense patina for the hair.
Please note the two little glass-plates on each side of the backside of the mask, symbols of prestige.
DIMENSIONS: the proportions are perfectly balanced, 35 cm high by 35 cm long and 26 cm wide.
STATE OF PRESERVATION: the bottom of the right side-braid is missing.
Minor lacks on the attachment points at the base of the mask, antiquity-related wear, furthermore, there is nothing else to deplore, no practised restoration.
DESCRIPTION: great general refinement regarding the craftsmanship, which makes this mask exceptional; great care was brought to the carving of the braids for example, or to the teeth; this demonstrates that the mask was reserved for clan elite.
PROVENANCE: former collection of André Blandin, a great collector and author of several books about African art; Farafi Gallery, specialist in arts of west Africa for more than twenty-five years.
Careful shipment via express parcel (Colissimo), including a certificate with a picture and a description.
- Indigenous object name
- MVO de jeune fille
- Ethnic group/ culture
- Region/ country
- Glass, Wood
- Sold with stand
- 35×26×35 cm
- 1300 g