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Igbo Agbogo Mmwo Dance Mask (N° 17332)
Sweet modeled breaking with the sharp features of the majority of young girl masks igbo: the face takes up the conventions honoring the beauty of youth, narrow slits for the eyes, thin face coated in white, tattoos and scarifications located in this case on the eyelids and forehead. White refers to ancestral spirits, as these masks frequently accompany the deceased during funeral rites. Indeed, 'b'mmwo means 'spirit of the dead'. A polychrome embellishes the room.
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High on a base: 57 cm.
The Igbo live in the forest in southeastern Nigeria. They managed to associate 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 under the authority of the oldest lineage leader. 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 Ala .
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|Origin||Collection française G.|
|Estimated dating||1ère halfxx°|
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