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Igbo Ngwo mask (N° 20746)

In the north of the Igbo region, this type of mask appeared during traditional ceremonies. Topped with a headdress consisting of a fin, horns and inlaid teeth, it presents a face covered with harmoniously arranged circular and parallel scarfications. The fine features are concentrated in the lower part of the face, the nose pierced with animal teeth. Dark brown matte patina, inlaid with ochre.

The Igbo live in the forest in southeastern Nigeria. They have managed to combine a strong sense of individuality with an equally strong sense of group belonging. Their political system is complex and little known. The village is the largest 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 chief. 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.
Ref: "Arts of Nigeria in French Private Collections" ed. 5Continents (Pl. 110)  

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OriginCollection P. Malisse
EthnyIgbo
Countrynigéria
Material(s)wood, dents, cornes, textile
Height41
Width19
Weight1.00 Kg
Estimated datingrécolté en 1987
Socle inclusOptional

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