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Igbo mask (N° 23275)

African art and the spectacular crest masks of the Igbo ethnic group.
African Igbo Mask Agbogo Mmwo offering classic criteria glorifying youth and beauty according to traditional Igbo design. The high headdress is made up of openwork discs mixed with braids and animal figures.
The white color of the mask relates to ancestral spirits, these masks frequently accompanying the deceased during funeral rites. Abraded matte patina, subtle polychrome, desiccation cracks.
The Igbo live in the forest in southeastern Nigeria. They managed to combine a deep sense of individuality with an equally strong sense of belonging to the group. Their political system is complex and little known. The village is the most important social unit, the smallest being the extended family. Each village has a high degree of autonomy and is placed under the authority of the oldest lineage head. The religion of the Igbo includes on the one hand the god Chuku , supreme creator, considered omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent, and on the other hand the spirit of the earth Ala .  

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OriginEx-collection française
Height cm64
Width28 cm
Weight4.40 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960
Socle inclusOptional

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