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The Igbo occupy the forests of south-eastern Nigeria. Their political system is very complex. The village is of considerable importance and has a high degree of autonomy. The chief is the oldest member of the lineage. The Igbo believe in an omnipresent, omniscient and omnipotent creator god, Chuku. In addition, they worship the spirit of the earth, Ala.


Igbo Mgbedike mask
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The Igbo-Afikpo distortion in African art

. These African masks named "the time of the brave," sometimes in the guise of elaborate superstructures, bring together horns, spikes, and zoomorphic elements to personify bravery. The mask on the opposite page also features breasts surmounted by horns. The whole bears highlights of river clay, a white kaolin in relation to the ancestors, in opposition to the dark gray crusty patina.
These aggressive masks, accompanied by a motley paraphernalia of quills, raffia, palm leaves, and weapons,occur at spectacular festivals during the dry season, the most famous being the okumkpa, and at some funerals. The most voluminous are worn by the initiated mature men of the Ekpo society. Each of the mask wearers embodies a spirit whose name ...


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Igbo fetish crest mask
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This sculpture forms a miniature version of an Igbo crest mask, which was placed on the head. It includes a head in the image of the African Igbo Agbogo Mmwo mask, topped with a thick, backward-curving braid rising from a rattan-rimmed base. The emaciated face is coated with a white crusty patina, with lumpy, blackish residue covering the base and head. The white color of the mask refers to ancestral spirits, as these masks frequently accompany the deceased during funeral rites.  Indeed, mmwo means "spirit of the dead."
The Igbo live in the forest in southeast Nigeria. They have managed to combine a strong 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 largest social unit, the ...


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Igbo Mgbedike mask
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Igbo mask

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 , and some funerals. The most voluminous are worn by mature men initiates of the company Ekpo ...


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Ofo Igbo ritual sculpture
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Ofo sculptures, mediating objects in African art
. This sculpture named Ofo (from the name of the tree in which it was made) has a face haloed by a large crest. Its base forms three spirals. The wooden bust is trimmed with metal rods and ribbons, some of them in coiled patterns. A rare and symbolic piece held by an elder named N'dichie , and associated with the agnatic lineage, on which an oath was sometimes taken, this black iron object was displayed in Igbo homes and altars. The Igbo live in the forest in southeastern Nigeria. This tradition later spread to neighboring ethnic groups. Based on a botanical sculpture from a "male" tree, and composed of brittle twigs, images of boys dependent on their father and then becoming detached from him, this object is part of a type ...


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Figure of Igbo sanctuary
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The Igbo, in southeastern Nigeria, worship a considerable number of deities known as alusi , or agbara, considered to be the offspring of Chuku, or Chukwu, and as such constitute intermediaries to whom sacrifices such as kola nuts, money, kaolin,are bestowed in order to enjoy their favors.
These Nigerian sculptures produced in several regions range from about forty centimeters to a human size, and are adorned with more or less elaborate aristocratic attributes.
The sculptors turn out to be men, but female adepts quite often contribute by finishing the work with colored pigments.
Hairstyle and integumentary ornaments also indicate the social rank of the character. Eroded crusty patina, polychrome highlights. They are only presented to the public during annual ...


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Igbo Ikorodo helmet mask
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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. ...


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Igbo Agbogo Mmwo polychrome face mask
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This Igbo African mask called Ikorodo in the Nsukka region of southern Nigeria glorifies youth and beauty, thanks to narrow slits for the eyes, a face with sharp features coated in white, traditionally pointed teeth, scarifications and tattoos. The headdress is made up of large braids. Chipped kaolin patina, abrasions. 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 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 ...

Statue of Igbo divinity
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Ex-collection of English-African art

The Igbo venerate a considerable number of deities known as alusi, or agbara, considered to be the descendants of Chuku, or Chukwu, and as such are intermediaries to whom sacrifices such as that kola nuts, silver, kaolin, are granted in order to enjoy their favors.These sculptures produced in several regions range from about forty centimeters to a human size, and are adorned with aristocratic attributes more or less elaborate.The sculptors turn out to be men, but female followers often contribute by completing the work with colored pigments.In the case of the statue presented, articulated arms, when they were positioned horizontally, indicated the will to receive the offering of the adepts, and integumentary headdress and ornaments ...


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Maternity Igbo
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br>The facial scarifications ichi indicate that this igbo sculpture depicts a titled woman wearing a horned crest. She is pictured standing with her arms and legs spread out in a determined attitude, a child on her back. Locally flaked semi-saturated grey patina. Erosions and cracks.
Seeional body marks, tattoos and scarifications indicated the grade achieved in the initiation society. This effigy, embodying a tutelary deity, intermediate between men and the god named Chukwu was destined to be placed in the obu (Sing.: obi), houses of the men of the Cross River. The culture Igbo originates from the mythology of the Kingdom Nri of Nigeria, according to which the gods brought to believers palm oil, cassava, and yam-based remedies. These effigies often show symbolic objects, ...


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Masque Igbo, Ibo
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Ex-collection British African art.
Version of the African Igbo Agbogo Mmwo mask, this mask has thin horizontal incisions indicating the eyes, an emaciated face coated with white, scarifications and tattoos in checkerboard raised of a dark hue. Crusty patina. The white color of the mask refers to ancestral spirits, these masks frequently accompany the deceased during funeral rites.  Indeed, mmwo means "spirit of the dead".


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Igbo Ikenga Statuette
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Most often sporting a high horned headdress with complex elements, this type of African statues features a character with attributes such as jewelry and scarifications, sitting on a stool. The warrior brandishes a knife and a human head. Beautiful piece painstakingly carved. Patine mate. Lacks and shrapnel.
This ethnic group is located in the southern Niger Delta region of Nigeria. the Ikenga is a personal altar belonging to a man. It is the symbol of accomplishment and personal success (okpossi), the representation of one's tutelary spirit (chi, vital energy), as well as the recipient of sacrifices offered periodically or prior to the commitment of an important action (most often to ifejioku, deity of the yam, or to ale, goddess of the earth). In addition, ike , the power, refers ...


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Female mask mmwo Igbo
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The African art Igbo and the white masks, the embodiment of female spirits
This tribal mask of the Igbo Agbogo Mmwo takes up the traditional conventions glorifying youth and beauty, illustrated by traditional characteristics: horizontal incisions of the eyes, a treaded nose, an emaciated face smeared with white, colorful scarifications and ornaments in checkered or ornaments. The white color of the mask is associated with ancestral spirits, these masks frequently accompanying the deceased during funeral rites. Indeed, mmwo means " spirit of the dead". The mask wearer was wearing a colorful textile suit and a postiche chest.
A white, red and black polychrome enhances this African mask. Patina chipped.
The Igbo live in the forest in southeastern Nigeria. They managed to ...


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Igbo Agbogo Mmwo Mask
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African art and the spectacular crest masks of the Igbo ethnic
Classic version of the Igbo Agbogo Mmwo African mask embracing traditional conventions glorifying youth and beauty, with narrow slits of the eyes, a face emaciated smeared with white, scarifications and tattoos in checkerboards or ornamental lozenges. The headdress is composed, surmounting the thick braids of the coiffur, of half open discs.
The white color of the mask refers to ancestral spirits, these masks frequently accompanying the deceased during funeral rites. Indeed, mmwo means " spirit of the dead". A polychromy composed of touches of blue, white and dark colors for the crest, highlight this African mask. Thick patina crusty.
The Igbo live in the forest in southeastern Nigeria. They managed to ...


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Masque facial Igbo
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African art and the spectacular crest masks of the Igbo
Classic version of the Igbo African mask Agbogo Mmwo borrowing traditional conventions glorifying youth and beauty, this mask has thin horizontal incisions indicating the eyes, a narrow face covered in white, scarifications and tattoos in checkered or lozenges with a dark hue. Three open fins topped with circular growths, "à bouchons", and thick side braids make up its sophisticated hairstyle.
The white color of the mask refers to ancestral spirits, these masks frequently accompanying the deceased during funeral rites. Indeed, mmwo means " spirit of the dead". A polychrome composed of blue, red and white enhances the room. The Igbo live in the forest in southeastern Nigeria. They managed to associate a deep sense of ...


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Paternity Igbo Alusi
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African art Igbo.
The Igbo worship a considerable number of deities known as alusi , or agbara, considered the descendants of Chuku, or Chukwu, and as such are intermediaries to whom sacrifices such as kola nuts, money, kaolin, are granted for the purpose of enjoying favors. These sculptures produced in several regions range from forty centimeters to a human size, and are adorned with more or less elaborate aristocratic attributes. Sculptors turn out to be men, but female enthusiasts often contribute by completing the work with coloured pigments. The tegumentary ornaments also reflect the social rank of the character. The character here presents a child, symbol of the Igbo people. Native restorations were carried out using wicker rods. One of the feet is damaged. Break on the ...


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Igbo Ogbodo Enyi mask
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African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Izzi Mask

This type of mask called ogbodo enyi in the extreme north-east of the igbo country, and which means " spirit of the elephant", refers to the strength and endurance of the majestic pachyderm. Indeed, in addition to the presence of elements appearing in tusks, the protruding forehead, returning to the inside of the mask, is a stylized evocation of the trunk. Because of its exceptional characteristics, the elephant is associated with a symbolism of political and spiritual power and features prominently in the Igbo cosmogony.
These masks that combine human and animal elements were sculpted in different formats and wore horizontally, and, like most igbo masks, performed with other masks during dance performances. Unusually, they could be worn by women, despite a threat of infertility to ...


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Figure of deity Igbo Alusi
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An Igbo male figure embodying a tutelary deity, intermediate between men and the god named Chukwu, it is carved in long volumes. The fingers of the hands are absent and the massive feet are eroded. The crested hairstyle has filmed inlays of blackish coating. His body features the body motifs named " uli ". C Regional body marks, tattoos and scarifications indicated the grade achieved in the initiation society. This sculpture was intended to be placed in the obu (Sing.: obi), houses of the men of the Cross River. Characterizing the notables, the wearing of bracelets at the arms and ankles are carved in relief. Golden beige patina.
. The culture Igbo originates from the mythology of the Kingdom Nri of Nigeria, according to which the gods brought to believers palm oil, cassava, and ...


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Masque facial Igbo
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Atypical by its "mus-trompe" ending in a narrow toothed mouth, its red-shaped eyes deeply sunk under a prominent forehead, this mask collected in the state of Kebbi in north-west Nigeria, on the Benin and Nigerien border, presents a construction of the same type as some igbo masks (pages 108, 274 and 275 "Arts of Nigeria in the French collections" 5Continents). Igbo masks embody a range of ancestral spirits in ritual ceremonies associated with the agricultural calendar.
Origially founded by Assyrian refugees driven out by the Babylonians, the state of Kebbi is composed of Hausa, Fulani, Kambari, Kamuku, and various groups, the vast majority of which converted to Islam in the late 19th century.
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Igbo/Ibibio Heaume Mask
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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 ...


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Igbo crest mask
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This mask is topped with a feminine effigy of a warrior, linking it to ikenga sculptures, some of which are emblazoned with multiple horns, or intricate geometric elements. This type of African statues depicts a character with attributes such as jewelry and scarifications "ichi", and in this case the armed character has a war trophy.
Mate polychrome patina, crusty agglomerates. Cracks.
The Igbo are based in the southern Niger Delta region of Nigeria. The Ikenga is a personal altar symbolizing personal achievement and success (okpossi), the representation of its tutelary spirit (chi, vital energy), as well as the recipient of sacrifices offered periodically or prior to the commitment of important action (most often to ifejioku, yam deity, or all, goddess of the earth). In ...


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Figure Ikenga Igbo
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Most often sporting a high horned headdress with complex elements, this type of African statues features a character with attributes such as jewelry and scarifications, sitting on a stool. The warrior brandishes a knife and a human head. On its white clay bleached bust, darker zoomorphic patterns are drawn.
Patine grainy mate. A few marks of xylophages.
This ethnic group is located in the southern Niger Delta region of Nigeria. the Ikenga is a personal altar belonging to a man. It is the symbol of accomplishment and personal success (okpossi), the representation of one's tutelary spirit (chi, vital energy), as well as the recipient of sacrifices offered periodically or prior to the commitment of an important action (most often to ifejioku, deity of the yam, or to ale, goddess ...


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