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Igbo mask (N° 21913)
African art and the spectacular crest masks of the Igbo ethnic group.
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African Igbo mask Agbogo Mmwo, called a young girl's mask, adopting the traditional criteria glorifying youth and beauty, slanted eyes, emaciated face coated in white, scarifications and tattoos in checkerboard or ornamental patches. The hairstyle represents braided hair mixed with accessories. The white color of the mask relates to ancestral spirits, these masks frequently accompanying the deceased during funeral rites. Indeed, mmwo means "spirit of the dead". Crusty matte patina, very good condition.
The Igbo live in the forest in southeastern Nigeria. They managed to combine 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 head. 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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