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Igbo Mask (N° 17088)

This mask comes from the Igbo region in southeastern Nigeria, around Ngwa, a region with a social organization comparable to that of the neighbouring Ibibio with whom they are frequently in contact.
The discs accessorized with duvets, adorning the crest of this mask, refer to the intricate hairstyles worn by the young girls igbo. In the centre, two round-to-bump figures, placed back to back, and surrounded by guinea fowl intended for sacrifice, embody a concept of complementarity. The opposition of forces is symbolized on the other hand thanks to the duality of the colors. Dark crusty patina, kaolin, red pigment tops.
The religion of the Igbo comprises on the one hand the god Chuku , supreme creator, considered omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent, and on the other hand the spirit of the land Ala . Masks embodying the spirits of ancestors or spirits of nature are worn at funerals, at the closing of initiation rites, for celebratory dances. There are many secret societies among the Ibibios living west of the Cross River. The cult of ancestors is under the authority of the most senior members of the Ekpo. The latter use masks such as the idiok, linked to fallen spirits, and the mfon, representing the saved souls.
Source: " African head of the Barbier-Mueller", ed. Adam Biro  

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OriginCollection allemande
Height cm58
Width22 cm
Weight2.65 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
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