IGBO MAIDEN SPIRIT MASKS, Nigeria

In spite of their appearance, we believe most of the masks below were carved to be sold.

IGBO
Spirit 1
20" high
$400

IGBO
Spirit 3
19" high
$500

 IGBO
Spirit 7
18" high
$400


IGBO
Spirit 8
18.5" high
$400

IGBO
Spirit 10
17.5" high
$500

Photographs © Tim Hamill

IGBO MAIDEN SPIRIT MASKS, Nigeria

A common characteristic of Igbo masks is that they are painted white, the color of the spirit.

The best known among them are the so-called Maiden Spirit masks (Agbogho mmwo) which are danced by men at agricultural festivals and funerals of prominent members of the village. Topped by elaborate coiffures, these masks are said to represent the beauty and purity of deceased maidens.

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