Ex-Belgian African art collection.
Embodying the spirit of a young Igbo girl, but always worn by young men during harvest festivals or celebrations associated with the spirit of the land, this mask takes up Igbo conventions, thin face coated in white, tattoos and scarified patterns. White refers to ancestral spirits, these masks frequently accompanying the deceased during funeral rites. Matte patina, abrasions, halos and abrasions.
Height on base: 38 cm.
The Igbo live in the forest in southeastern Nigeria. They managed to combine a deep 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 most important social unit, the smallest being the extended family. Each village has a high degree of autonomy and is placed under the authority of the oldest lineage head. The religion of the Igbo includes on the one hand the god Chuku , supreme creator, considered omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent, and on the other hand the spirit of the earth Ane .
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