Máscara do espírito da donzela do Igbo

Descrição
Máscara do espírito da donzela do Igbo
Nigéria - 1950-1974 - Madeira

A beautifully carved Maiden spirit mask with an anthropomorphic superstructure from a Belgian collection.
Please, see the pictures for accurate visual reference!


Background:

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')

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Detalhes do lote
Objeto
Máscara do espírito da donzela do Igbo
Material
Madeira
Condições
Bom estado - usado com pequenos sinais de envelhecimento e manchas
Período estimado
1950-1974
País de origem
Nigéria
Dimensões
52×24×30 cm
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