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Idoma crest mask (N° 16570)

The Idoma settled at the confluence of Benué and Niger. There are 500,000 farmers and traders in their 500,000. The neighbourhood and thus the influences of the Igbo, those of the Cross River and Igala ethnic groups have generated stylistic borrowings, and great tribal similarities. 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. Borrowed from the Igbo of the Cross River, these crest masks also relate to the masquerades of warriors. A double rattan strap around a flared base ensures the stability of this crest mask topped with a depleted face, embodying a spirit of water, anjenu,, with growths on which the engraved motifs have a low polychromy. The scarification that shares the forehead is typical of the Idoma, as well as the protruding scars of the temples.
Surface of locally eroded wood, grainy patina
Ref. "Arts of Nigeria" 5Continents.  

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Originex-collection anglaise
EthnyIdoma
Countrynigéria
Material(s)wood, plant fibre
Height28
Width11
Weight0.95 Kg
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