a Rare old Igbo Maiden Spirit mask, African mask

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  • Item Category: Ethnic, Folk & Native American Art
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Nov 15, 2014
  • Channel: Auction House
LOT 22 Seller's Estimate: USD 1,000.00 - 2,000.00 a Rare old Igbo Maiden Spirit mask, African mask

Carved wooden helmet mask from the Igbo of Nigeria, Africa. Elaborate example carved from a single piece of wood with various mineral pigment accents. Agbogho mmwo, or "maiden spirit," masks are worn by men at festivals that honor important deities. They represent the Igbo ideal of female beauty: small, balanced features, elaborate hairstyles, and delicate tattoos. The men who dance agbogho mmwo masks wear colorful, tight-fitting fiber costumes, entertaining the crowd with exaggerated versions of women's dances.

Provenance: Ex Robert Banks Collection, Pennsylvania.

Circa: Early to mid 20th century

Dimensions: 20 inches tall x 9 inches wide

Condition Report: Minor losses and obvious wear and use. Overall in Good condition considering age and field use.

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