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Igbo Ikorodo mask
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The voluminous headdresses of Ikorodo masks in African art from Nigeria.
This African Igbo mask named Ikorodo in the Nsukka region of southern Nigeria glorifies youth and beauty, thanks to narrow slits for the eyes, a sharp-featured face plastered with white, scarification and tattoos. The architectural headdress, composed of arched elements topped with a dome, stretches high.
The white color of the agbo-gho-mmwo mask refers to ancestral spirits, as these masks frequently accompany the deceased during funeral rites. Indeed, mmwo means "spirit of the dead," specifically of young girls, although it is worn by young men to honor the spirit of the land. The headdress is reminiscent of the ancient female headdress adorned with brass pieces.
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Igbo Ngwo mask
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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 ...


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Igbo Agbogo Mmwo Dance Mask
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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.
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 ...

Masque Agbogo mwo Igbo
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Ex-Swiss African art collection.

The voluminous headdresses of the Ikorodo masks in the African art of Nigeria.
This African Igbo mask named Ikorodo in the Nsukka region of southern Nigeria glorifies youth and beauty, with narrow eye slits, a face with sharp white coated features, scarification and tattoos. The headdress is composed of three openworked wings topped with circular protrusions, hence the name "cap" headdress.


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Masque Igbo Agbogo Mwo
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This African Igbo mask, named Ikorodo in the Nsukka region of southern Nigeria, glorifies youth and beauty through narrow eye slits, a face with sharp white coated features, scarification and tattoos and a high headdress. br> The white color of the agbo-gho-mmwo mask refers to ancestral spirits, these masks frequently accompany the deceased during funeral rites. Indeed, mmwo means "spirit of the dead", and more particularly of young girls, although it is worn by young men to honor the spirit of the earth. Abraded matte patina.
The Igbo live in the forest in southeastern Nigeria. They have managed to combine 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 largest social ...


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Igbo Agbogo Mmwo Mask
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African art and the spectacular crest masks of the Igbo ethnic group.
African Igbo mask Agbogo Mmwo adopting traditional conventions glorifying youth and beauty, with narrow slits in the eyes, an emaciated face coated with white, scarifications and tattoos in checkerboards or ornamental pellets. The high headdress is composed of openwork half disks mixed with braids.
The white color of the mask refers to the ancestral spirits, these masks frequently accompanying the deceased during funeral rites. Indeed, mmwo means "spirit of the dead." Matt patina, cracks and abrasions.
The Igbo live in the forest in southeast Nigeria. They have managed to combine a strong sense of individuality with an equally strong sense of group belonging. Their political system is ...


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Statue Igbo Ikenga
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Most often sporting a high horned headdress with complex elements, this type of African statues features a character with attributes such as jewelry and scarifications, sitting on a stool in a determined attitude. Two-tone patterns are painted on his face. Grainy matte patina.
This ethnic group is located in the southern Niger Delta region of Nigeria. the Ikenga is a personal altar belonging to a man. It is the symbol of accomplishment and personal success (okpossi), the representation of one's tutelary spirit (chi, vital energy), as well as the recipient of sacrifices offered periodically or prior to the commitment of an important action (most often to ifejioku, deity of the yam, or to ale, goddess of the earth). In addition, ike , the power, refers to the force that the right hand ...


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Masque Igbo Igri egede okonkpo
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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.
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 ...

Paternity statue Igbo Alusi
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This type of figure is only presented to the public at the annual ceremonies. Otherwise, these statues are grouped by symbolic families and venerated by the village in boxes reserved for them. The Igbo worship a considerable number of deities known as alusi , or agbara, considered the descendants of Chuku, or Chukwu, and as such are intermediaries to whom sacrifices such as kola nuts, money, kaolin, are granted for the purpose of enjoying favorsDestined to be placed in the obu (Sing.: obi), houses of the men of the Cross River, this life-size cult statue, polychrome, sports complex hair arrangements called 'corks'. which can also be found on the 'girl masks'. The face, evoking the world of the deceased but also the beauty of youth, is highlighted with black pigment while the body wears ...

Ogbodo Enyi Mask
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Ex-collection of British African art.

This type of composite mask called ogbodo enyi which means "spirit of the elephant", refers to the strength and endurance of the majestic pachyderm.
Because of its exceptional characteristics, the elephant is associated with a symbol of political and spiritual power.
These masks are recognizable by their atypical shapes in projection. The top of the mask has a human head looking upwards.
Two-tone patina.
In the northeastern part of the Igbo region, these masks were worn only by men during annual festivities, including the New Yam Festival, where men wore them on their heads and waved them in quick solitary dances.


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Statue Igbo Ikenga
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Wearing circular horns, this elegant sculpture depicts an asexual figure sitting on a stool, with his back straight, absorbed in the task of smoking. Its naturalistic morphology, which allows the musculature to be perceived, with thin ties, is surmounted by a stretched neck supporting a narrow face somewhat reminiscent of the so-called 'girl' masks. In one of the hands, in place of the trophy head, appears an unusual ovoid element, a reference to fertility or ritual sacrifices. Beautiful matte polychromy. Smooth surface. Fine desication cracks, very slight gaps, good general condition.
This ethnic group is located in the southern region of the Niger Delta in Nigeria. the Ikenga is a personal altar belonging to a man, which the latter kept in his meeting house in obi. It is the ...


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Figure of deity Alusi Igbo
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Intended to be honored in the obu (Sing.: obi), the men's houses of the Cross River, this statue is capped with a thick cylindrical crest whose tip is bent forward. The polychrome face is worn by a massive high neck. This figure, which balances soft curves, is not only a matter of the world of the deceased, but also evokes the beauty of youth; however, the body does not have the body motifs named " uli ". This female effigy from the south-east of the country Igbo embodying a tutelary deity, intermediate between men and the god named Chukwu , is represented headally, the tip of the fingers in contact with the abdomen.
The Ibibios (whose Eket) also live in southeastern Nigeria, the front of their masks is often shared by an ridge. The initiates of their society of soothsayers Idiong ...


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Urhobo Shrine Figure
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The Urhobos, living near the northwest of the Niger Delta River, are the main ethnic group in Delta State among the 36 states of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. They speak Urhobo, a language of the Niger-Congo group. With the Isoko whose art is close, they are collectively known as Sobo. Their large sculptures depicting the spirits of nature, edjo, or the founding ancestors of the clan, to which sacrifices were offered, were grouped in sanctuaries within the villages. They also produce figures similar to the igbo ikenga called iphri, ivwri, half-animal, half-human. They personify male aggression and are intended for warriors and notables. However, after consultation with the soothsayer, young children can also wear miniature iphri strapped to their necks in the form of geometric amulets. ...


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Pair of girl igbo cimiers masks
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Variations of the masks of 'young girl', these masks are topped with miniature effigies of statues alusi , supposed to embody the world of the deceased but also the beauty of youth. These figures sport scarifications reserved for dignitaries and named body motives . These guardian deities, intermediate between men and the god named Chukwu were placed in the obu (Sing.: obi), houses of the men of the Cross River.
The white color of the mask agbo-gho-mmwo or ikorodo refers to ancestral spirits, these masks frequently accompanying the deceased during funeral rites. Indeed, mmwo means 'spirit of the dead', especially of young girls, although it is worn by young men of the mmwo society in order to honor the spirit of the earth. Splashed matte patina. Cracks. Restoration (wicker).


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Masque facial Igbo
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A headdress-free version of the African Igbo Agbogo Mmwo mask borrowing traditional conventions glorifying youth and beauty, this mask features long horizontal incisions featuring eyes, a narrow face and an imposing buzzed nose. Polychrome scarifications and checkered tattoos contrast with the crusty kaolin patina. The white color of the mask refers to ancestral spirits, these masks frequently accompanying the deceased during funeral rites.  Indeed, mmwo means 'spirit of the dead'.
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. ...


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Igbo Alusi Shrine Figure
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Facial scarifications ichi indicate that this igbo sculpture depicts a titled man, wearing a crest in the shape of a volatile. He is depicted head-on on a bench, sitting straight back in a determined attitude. Two-coloured crusty patina, red ochre crehauts on the face.
Seeional body marks, tattoos and scarifications indicated the grade achieved in the initiation society. This effigy, embodying a tutelary deity, intermediate between men and the god named Chukwu was destined to be placed in the obu (Sing.: obi), houses of the men of the Cross River. . The culture Igbo originates from the mythology of the Kingdom Nri of Nigeria, according to which the gods brought to believers palm oil, cassava, and yam-based remedies. These effigies often show symbolic objects, including a mirror in ...


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Female figure of deity Igbo Alusi
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With a high crest, this Igbo figure obeys the guns of the Alusi: depicted standing on half-flexed legs, palms facing the sky. It is supposed to embody the world of the deceased but also the beauty of youth. His body bears body motifs called " uli ". These regional body marks, tattoos and scarifications, indicated the rank achieved in the initiation society. This effigy embodying a guardian deity, intermediate between men and the god named Chukwu was intended to be placed in the obu (Sing.: obi), the men's houses of the Cross River. Characterizing the notables, the wearing of bracelets on the arms and ankles, sculpted in relief, contrast with the patina of white kaolin whose body is folded. The culture Igbo originates from the mythology of the Kingdom Nri of Nigeria, according to which ...


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Couple of Igbo Alusi statues
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Statues and African art Igbo.
The Igbo worship a considerable number of deities known as alusi , or agbara, considered the descendants of Chuku, or Chukwu, and as such are intermediaries to whom sacrifices such as kola nuts, money, kaolin, are granted for the purpose of enjoying favors. These sculptures produced in several regions range from forty centimeters to a human size, and are adorned with more or less elaborate aristocratic attributes. Sculptors turn out to be men, but female enthusiasts often contribute by completing the work with coloured pigments. The position of the hands of these statues, palms facing the sky, indicates the will to receive the offering of the followers. The headdress and tegumental ornaments also reflect the social rank of the character. Crusty ...


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