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Vintage Igbo Maiden Spirit African mask w/ ornate crest

Lot 0093
Carved wooden mask with ornate finial crest and woven rope attached as hair. The entire mask is accented with white kaolin clay and raised tribal designs. 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. Measures 28 x 8 inches, A metal display stand is also included.

Condition

Well handled and worn, Overall Good/fair condition

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Vintage Igbo Maiden Spirit African mask w/ ornate crest

Estimate $300 - $600Dec 27, 2016