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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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