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Okwa Idoma Mask (N° 16982)
This mask with a crusty white patina offers a more sober monochrome version than the traditional Okua Idoma mask where the face is covered with checkered scarifications. The wide toothed mouth, responding to this work to the drawing of the eyes, is however a stylistic constant. Crack, contour erosion.
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The Idoma live at the confluence of Bené and Niger. There are 500,000 farmers and traders. Their art and customs have influences from Igbo, the Cross River and Igala, and it is often difficult to distinguish them from their neighbours. Members of their societyo-scoliny, glorifying courage, use masks and cimiers during funerals and festivities. They also produce fertility statues with bleached faces and exhibiting incised teeth. Janiform cimiers are usually exhibited at the funerals of notables. Source: " Tribal Art of Black Africa " Bacquart , ed. Assouline.
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