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The Igbo-Afikpo distortion in African art
These African masks called "the time of the brave", sometimes in the guise of elaborate superstructures, often combine horns, spikes, and zoomorphic elements to personify bravery. The mask opposite, whose face is extended by a long curved muzzle, bears sculpted growths in which faces and birds mingle. A whitewash of river clay, a white kaolin in relation to the ancestors, crusty, neighboring with polychrome highlights.
These aggressive masks, accompanied by a motley paraphernalia of quills, raffia, palm leaves and weapons, perform during spectacular festivals during the dry season, the most famous being the okumkpa i>, and some funerals. The most voluminous are worn by mature men initiates of the company Ekpo ...