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Idoma Okua crest mask (N° 20006)

This rare example of the African Okua mask associated with funerary rites has thin walls for contours. Under the incision of the eyes, the cheekbones are hollowed out. The fine lines, highlighted with black and red pigments, are enhanced by the visibly old kaolin patina. The numerous perforations of the contours show irregular formats. Erosion of the contours. The Idoma settled at the confluence of the Benue and Niger rivers. Numbering 500,000, they were farmers and traders. The neighborhood and therefore the influences of the Igbo, the ethnic groups of the Cross River and Igala have generated stylistic borrowings and great tribal similarities. The royal lineage members of their oglinye society, glorifying courage, use masks and crests during funerals and festivities. They also produce statues of fertility with bleached faces and displaying incised teeth. Janiform crests are usually displayed at funerals of notables. Members of the male Kwompten society, meanwhile, used statues named goemai in healing rituals.  

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OriginCollection Patrick Malisse
EthnyIdoma
Countrynigéria
Material(s)wood
Height20
Depth28
Width19
Weight0.35 Kg
Estimated dating1ère halfxx°
Socle inclusOptional

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