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Idoma Face Mask 8.25″ – Nigeria – African Tribal Art

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This face mask was created in the style of the Idoma people of Nigeria. This mask features a human face with three metal tacks attached to the face. It measures 8.25 inches tall and weighs a half pound. There is some cracks and scrapes throughout – please see photos. Stand is not included.

Type of Object

Mask

Country of Origin

Nigeria

Ethnicity

Idoma

Material

Wood and pigment

Approximate Age

Unknown

Height (Inches)

8.25"

Width (Inches)

6"

Depth (Inches)

5''

Weight (Pounds)

0.5 lb

Overall Condition

Cracks, scrapes and scuffs – please inspect photos

Tribe Information

About the Idoma People

“The people living on the banks of the Niger and Benue Rivers share many social and artistic traditions. They are thought to have common ancestors known as the Akpoko people. Traditionally, they principally make their money by acting as trade intermediaries between the inland people and the people who inhabit the Niger River Delta.
Living at the confluence of the Benue and Niger Rivers, the 500,000 Idoma people are predominantly farmers and traders. Artistically, they have achieved a reputation for their female fecundity figures showing an open mouth with carved teeth and vertical keloids on the temples. The face is usually painted with white pigments – a stylistic characteristic also shared with the Igbo people.

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

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