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Female mask mmwo Igbo (N° 14998)
The African art Igbo and the white masks, the embodiment of female spirits
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This tribal mask of the Igbo Agbogo Mmwo takes up the traditional conventions glorifying youth and beauty, illustrated by traditional characteristics: horizontal incisions of the eyes, a treaded nose, an emaciated face smeared with white, colorful scarifications and ornaments in checkered or ornaments. The white color of the mask is associated with ancestral spirits, these masks frequently accompanying the deceased during funeral rites. Indeed, mmwo means " spirit of the dead". The mask wearer was wearing a colorful textile suit and a postiche chest.
A white, red and black polychrome enhances this African mask. Patina chipped.
The Igbo live in the forest in southeastern Nigeria. They managed to associate 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 leader. The religion of the Igbo includes on the one hand the god Chuk , supreme creator, considered omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent, and on the other hand the spirit of the earth Ala .
Litt.: Nigeria's Arts in french private coll. " ed . 5Continents
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