Colorful Tiv Kwagh-Hir Festival Mask 14″ – Nigeria – African Art

Original price was: $375.00.Current price is: $150.00.

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This Tiv festival mask features a blue pigmented human-like face with designs throughout. It has plastic attached and hanging from the back of the mask. It measures 14 inches tall (26 inches with hanging costume) and weighs 2 pounds. There is a missing part of the lower mouth, right nose and cracking throughout – please inspect photos. Stand is not included.


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Type of Object


Country of Origin





wood, pigment, plastic

Approximate Age


Height (Inches)

14" mask | 26" with plastic costume

Width (Inches)


Depth (Inches)


Weight (Pounds)

2 lbs

Overall Condition

Missing part of lower mouth, right nose, cracking

Tribe Information

About the Tiv people

“The 1,000,000 Tiv people live from farming fields on the left bank of the Benue River and take their name from their eponymous ancestor. They carve figures which are either large and elongated or naturally proportioned with round heads and occasionally scarification at the corners of the mouth and a crested coiffure. Some of these figures were used as posts for reception huts, while others, called Ihambe, are to linked to the concept of fecundity and marriage. Tiv blacksmiths have achieved notoriety for their ‘prestige’ adzes in which the handle ends in a stylized human head with a blade sprouting from it. These are used during festivities and important meetings. Their metal output also includes small copper figures with splayed legs and rounded heads”

Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1998. Print.

Additional Information

About the Kwagh-Hir

Kwagh-hir is a performance with different types of masks for different types of plays, meaning different things with a combination of storytelling, poetry, puppetry, music, dance and drama. Kwagh-hir translates to ‘something magical’. There are four different categories; the musicians, the management, sculptors and performers.

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