Long Ijo mask depicting a fish. The fins are removable. Abraded polychrome patina.
The Ijo of the Niger Delta live mainly from fishing and agriculture, and their small villages being located in marshy areas west of the Nun River, their cosmogony has naturally centered around this environment. References to their warrior past abound on the other hand in reliquaries, rituals and masked celebrations.
Their masks and other artistic productions are intended to honor the aquatic spirits, oru or owuamapu, whom they worship and to whom sacrifices were made. Fishermen had to be careful not to offend these spirits, otherwise they could bring down their wrath by means of the various dangerous animal species of the region, such as hippopotamuses, crocodiles or pythons. The Ijo also consider all of their masks, zoomorphic or anthropomorphic,Owumo, to be water spirits. ("The Other Face", ed.A.Biro and "Arts of Nigeria" ed. 5Continents.)
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