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Masque facial Okua Idoma (N° 19117)
African mask associated with funeral rites, of a naturalist type, it offers a face coated with white clay and marked with traditional keloids in vertical barrette, also present in the Igbos, cheekbones protruding under large eye cavities, a cut dentition. Light matt patina locally abraded, red ochre highlights.
Erosion of contours.
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The Idoma settled at the confluence of the Benue and Niger rivers. They number 500,000 and are made up of farmers and merchants. The neighborhood and thus the influences of the Igbo, Cross River and Igala ethnic groups have given rise to stylistic borrowings and great tribal similarities.
Members of the royal lineage of their society oglinye , glorifying courage, use masks and crests during funerals and festivities. They also produce fertility statues with whitened faces and incised teeth.
Janiform crests are usually displayed at the funerals of notables.
Members of the male society Kwompten used statues called goemai as part of healing rituals.
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