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Idoma dance crest (N° 15041)

There is a wide variety of traditional African masks that the Idoma wear as crests. Linear barred scarification runs across the face of this mask topped with braids, some of which rise in scrolls at the top. This horned headdress is said to be called ochobo and is related to the osobo dance. The head formed the upper part of a crest mask of the same type as the ungulali masks. A two-tone patina adorns the mask, enhancing the visual impact. Metal teeth are inlaid in the mouth.
The Idoma live at the confluence of the Benue and Niger rivers. Numbering 500,000, they are farmers and traders. Igbo, Cross River and Igala influences are found in their art and customs and it is often difficult to distinguish them from their neighbors. Okua masks are worn among the southern Idoma during funerals of important people and feature keloid scars running across the forehead, temples and cheeks. Other masks, including the crest oglinye , had a judicial role under the authority of the elders
. Ref : "Les Arts de la Benue " F. Neyt (p.120 to 125)  

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OriginEx-collection néerlandaise
EthnyIdoma
Countrynigéria
Material(s)wood
Height41
Width25
Weight2.00 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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