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Idoma Janiform Cimier (N° 19109)

Ex-collection of African American tribal art.
Two faces carried by a long neck are topped by a double ridge. Lozenge scarifications adorn the temples, the face is cut in the heart, offering bleached orbits in which the almond-shaped eyelids protrude. Eroded base, cracks. This mask participated in the funeral ceremonies of the dry season in the Cross River region.
The Idoma live at the confluence of the Benue and Niger rivers. They number 500,000 and are farmers and traders. The influence of their Igbo neighbors, the Cross River and Igala ethnic groups have generated great similarities and stylistic borrowings. Members of the royal lineage of their society oglinye , glorifying courage, use a wide variety of masks and crests during funerals and festivities. Some of them could not be seen, under penalty of death. They also produce fertility statues with whitened faces showing incised teeth . Janiform crests are usually displayed at the funerals of notables. Members of the male society Kwompten used statues named goemai as part of healing rituals.  

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Originex-collection E. Caldwell - USA
EthnyIdoma
Countrynigéria
Material(s)wood
Height66
Width19
Weight3.65 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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