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Idoma Mask (N° 25538)

African mask of the Idoma type, carved from dense wood, intended for funeral rites. The rounded face, inscribed with scarifications, offers a peaceful expression. Grainy matte patina. Erosions and cracks.
The Idoma were established at the confluence of the Benué and the Niger. Numbering 500,000, they are made up of farmers and traders. Their neighborhood including the Igbo, the Cross River and Igala ethnic groups have influenced each other reciprocally. Royal lineage members of their oglinye society, glorifying courage, use masks and crests during funerals and festivities. They also produced fertility statues with whitened faces and displaying incised teeth. Janiform crests are generally displayed at the funerals of notables. Members of the male Kwompten society, on the other hand, used statues called goemai as part of healing rituals.  

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OriginEx-collection Delapiera
Height cm38
Width19 cm
Weight0.95 Kg
Socle inclusOptional

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