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Ijo Crest Mask
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African art sculptures and tribal masks U.022cubistes"
This mask associated with the spirits of nature was used by one of the male brotherhoods sekiapu or " people dancing" who wore it obliquely on the head. The stylized face with tubular eyes is extended in its lower part of a slightly curved blade on which is embossed a zigzag pattern ending with a volatile figure. The object was smeared with contrasting coloured pigments, locally flaked. Eroded matte surface.
The Ijos of the Niger Delta live mainly from fishing and agriculture, and their small villages in swampy areas west of the Nun River, their cosmogony has naturally focused on this environment. References to their warrior past abound in reliquaries, rituals and masked celebrations.
Their masks and other artistic ...

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Ijo Otojo Crest Mask
African art > African mask > Masque Ijo

This African zoomorphic crest mask, evoking a sawfish, was carved to honor Bini Oru, spirit of water, during masquerades owu. It was fixed horizontally on the top of the skull. A similar removable figure, in miniature, was placed on his back.
Patine mate, dry, use of polychromy.
Ijo masks are creatures born of the imagination that are usually related to aquatic life. Indeed, the Ijo-Kalabari living mainly from fishing and their small villages located in swampy areas, their cosmogony naturally centered around this environment.
Their masks and other artistic productions are intended to honor aquatic spirits, oro, whom they worship and to whom sacrifices were intended. Fishermen had to be careful not to offend these spirits or they could kill their wrath by means of the ...

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Ijo Fetishes
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The African art Ijo and the singularity of his tribal creations
These sculptures - zoomorphic fetishes in wood, whose interior is hollowed out, have, like the zoomorphic masks of the ethnic group, ledges bordered with a raphia adornment dyed black. The polychrome surface, offering residues of nearly downs, has benefited from ritual libations. Bird beaks suggest birds of different species. The eyes of one of the figures are hollowed out.
Pieces from the vast collection of Mr. Jean Charles Mercier, which was started at the beginning of the 20th century by his grandfather Guy, a consultant for the Solvay Group. While radiating in West and Central Africa as part of his work, and collecting in-situ works, the majority of his collection nevertheless comes from \

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