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Masque Igbo Igri egede okonkpo (N° 19426)
Purity of form for this long mask divided into colored planes. The Quai Branly museum has a similar example. This type of mask igbo-ada appears during the dry season in order to highlight notions of virility. Matte polychrome patina, erosions.
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The Igbo are established in the southern Niger Delta region of Nigeria. The Ada form an Igbo subgroup established in southeastern Nigeria.
They have managed to combine a strong 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 largest social unit, the smallest being the extended family. Each village has a high degree of autonomy and is placed under the authority of the oldest head of lineage. The religion of the Igbo includes the god Chuku, the supreme creator, who is considered omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent, and the spirit of the land Ala. Their masks come out for funerals, boy's initation ceremonies, and now at secular festivals.
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|Origin||Collection P. Malisse|
|Estimated dating||mid- xx°|
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