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Idoma crest mask (N° 12701)

Ex-collection Belgian African art.
Idoma live at the confluence of Benué and Niger. There are 500,000 farmers and traders. The influence of their Igbo neighbours, the Cross River and Igala ethnic groups, generated great tribal similarities and stylistic borrowings. The royal lineage members of their society oglinye , glorifying courage, use masks and crests during funerals and festivities. They also produce fertility statues with bleached faces and exhibiting incised teeth. Janiform crests are usually displayed at the funerals of notables. Members of the male society Kwompten , meanwhile, used statues named goemai as part of healing rituals. A long wicker neck directs the gaze towards a head representing an idealized woman, whose braids are held together by a braid to form a pointed headdress. The face covered with white kaolin is scarred vertically on the forehead. Teeth are traditionally incised. A long crack runs through one side of the face, the base is eroded. Ancient break on the horn. Piece by Guy Mercier, consultant for the Solvay Group, who began to collect a vast collection at the beginning of the 20th century. While radiating in West and Central Africa as part of his work, and collecting in-situ works, the majority of his collection nevertheless comes from \  

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OriginEx. collection Mercier
EthnyIdoma
Countrynigéria
Material(s)wood, rotin
Height67
Width15
Weight2.33 Kg
Estimated datingmid xxe
Socle includedYes

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