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Mask

Igala; Igbo; Idoma

Artwork Details

Mask
1900-1983
Igala; Igbo; Idoma
wood
14 3/16 in x 7 5/16 in x 8 1/4 in (36.04 cm x 18.57 cm x 20.96 cm)
Gift of Prof. and Mrs. Horace M. Miner
1983/2.185

On Display

Not currently on display

Description

Subject Matter:

Though the beard-like chin and grooves along the forehead of this mask suggest it could possibly have been created by Igala peoples, the shape of mask, which is to be worn on the face, possible light color, and the facial marks near each eye could mean an Igbo or Idoma origin for this mask, as both have a history of using light or white-faced masks, often representing young women. As Igbo peoples share a border with both Igala and Idoma peoples, masking traditions and mask forms have moved throughout this region. 

References Cited: 
Cole, Herbert M. 2012. Invention and Tradition: The Art of Southeastern Nigeria. Munich: Prestel. 
Cole, Herbert M. and Chike C. Aniakor. 1984. Igbo Arts: Community and Cosmos. Los Angeles: UCLA Museum of Cultural History. 

Physical Description:

Carved wooden mask in the form of a oval-shaped face. The eyes are set close together with a small nose and mouth. The center of the face is sunken while the chin and forehead are raised. There are three small squares next to either eye and horizontal grooves on the forehead. 

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