A beautifully carved Maiden spirit mask with an anthropomorphic superstructure from a Belgian collection.
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Used by the male Mmwo secret society, agbogho mmwo helmet masks (also called agbogho monnwu or ikorodo meaning 'maiden spirit mask') are used during annual 'fame of maidens' ceremonies to honour ancestors and the ideal characteristics of young women. Found in northern Igboland (around the cities of Onitsha and Awka), the masks are a visual representation of a number of maiden spirits (Mmwo) highlighted by fine features, elaborate hairstyles and white clay pigmentation on the face (as is the case for ancestor masks).
The masquerade dances are used to educate young girls in what is believed to be ideal moral and physical beauty among the Igbo. "Masqueraders sing tributes to both real and spirit maidens: mmanwu si n'igwe ('masked spirit from the sky'); udemu na lenu ('my fame is potent')
- Máscara do espírito da donzela do Igbo
- Bom estado - usado com pequenos sinais de envelhecimento e manchas
- Período estimado
- País de origem
- 52×24×30 cm