03-8078 Ceremonial dance mask from the Igbo people (possibly the Izza subgroup) of southeastern Nigeria representing a mythical female ancestor in an okperegede dance performance. The white color and expression were meant to awe the onlookers of the masquerade. The black lines and circles represent typical scarification patters among the Izza group of Igbo. Remnants of original trade cloth headdress remain. Late 19th-early 20th century. The patina displays evidence of repeated ceremonial use.
10¾" high x 6¾" wide