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Igbo Ikorodo helmet mask (N° 13152)

The voluminous headdresses of Ikorodo masks in Nigerian African artThis Igbo African mask called Ikorodo in the Nsukka region of southern Nigeria glorifies youth and beauty, thanks to narrow eye slits, a face with sharp white-coated features, scarifications and tattoos in checkerboards or ornamental lozenges. The headdress is composed of three open fins topped with circular growths, hence the name of the headdress called 'corks'.
The white color of the gbo-gho-mmwo body refers to ancestral spirits, these masks frequently accompanying the deceased during funeral rites. Indeed, mmwo means 'spirit of the dead', especially of young girls, although it is worn by young men in order to honor the spirit of the earth. The headdress evokes the old female hairstyle adorned with brass pieces. 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 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 . Source: African masks of the coll. Barbier-Mueller, ed. Adam Biro  

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Originex-collection anglaise
EthnyIgbo
Countrynigéria
Material(s)wood
Height64
Width21
Weight4.90 Kg
Estimated dating3e quart xx°
Socle inclusOptional

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