Mask - Glass, Wood - MVO de jeune fille - IBO - Nigeria

Mask - Glass, Wood - MVO de jeune fille - IBO - Nigeria

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.

Lot details
Indigenous object name
MVO de jeune fille
Ethnic group/ culture
Region/ country
Glass, Wood
Sold with stand
35×26×35 cm
1300 g
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