Inventory #03-8078


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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" long x 6¾" wide



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