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Igbo Agbogo Mmwo Mask (N° 14419)
African art and the spectacular crest masks of the Igbo ethnic
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Classic version of the Igbo Agbogo Mmwo African mask embracing traditional conventions glorifying youth and beauty, with narrow slits of the eyes, a face emaciated smeared with white, scarifications and tattoos in checkerboards or ornamental lozenges. The headdress is composed, surmounting the thick braids of the coiffur, of half open discs.
The white color of the mask refers to ancestral spirits, these masks frequently accompanying the deceased during funeral rites. Indeed, mmwo means " spirit of the dead". A polychromy composed of touches of blue, white and dark colors for the crest, highlight this African mask. Thick patina crusty.
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 Chuku , supreme creator, considered omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent, and on the other hand the spirit of the earth Ala .
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