Nigerian Ibo Mask :: (Nig-ibo-003)

$180.00

Only 1 left in stock

Description

Living mainly in the forested areas of south-west Nigeria, on both sides of the Niger River the Igbo number some ten million individuals. Mainly farmers and merchants, they also hunt and fish. They are subdivided into thirty-three subgroups and are spread out among about two hundred villages scattered through the thick forest or semifertile marshland. Only on the northern and western edges of the area, under influence from Igala and Benin, are hereditary rulers found. The heads of families form the council of elders, which shares its power with numerous secret societies. These societies exercise great political and social influence. They are highly hierarchical, their members passing from one level to the next. There is strong social pressure toward individual distinction, and men can move upward through successive grades by demonstrating their achievements and their generosity.

The Igbo use thousands of masks, which incarnate unspecified spirits of the dead, forming a vast community of souls. The outstanding characteristic of the many Igbo masks is that they are painted chalk white, the color of the spirit. Masked dancers wore extremely elaborate costumes (sometimes ornamented with mirrors) and often their feet and hands were covered. With their masks, the Igbo oppose beauty to bestiality, the feminine to the masculine, black to white

Details

Country of Origin…….………..Nigeria
Culture………………………… Ibo
Function……………………….. Festival, Ritual
Dimensions…………………….45 x 24 x 18cm  

Additional information

Weight 1.8 kg
Dimensions 1 x 1 x 1 cm

Reviews

There are no reviews yet.

Be the first to review “Nigerian Ibo Mask :: (Nig-ibo-003)”
SKU: Nig-ibo-003 Categories: , ,