Igala Style Zoomorphic Mask 21.5″ – Nigeria – African Art


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This mask was created in the style of the Igala people of Nigeria. The mask portrays a zoomorphic face with subtle coloring throughout. It measures 21.5 inches tall and weighs 4 pounds. There is a repair to the right horn and some cracking and wear and tear – please inspect photos. Stand not included.

Type of Object

Face Mask

Country of Origin





Wood, Pigment

Approximate Age


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Weight (Pounds)

4 lbs

Overall Condition

Repaired right horn, cracking and wear and tear

Tribe Information

About the Igala People

“The Igala people live near the end of the Niger River. Every year they participate in important ceremonies celebrating the power of their king. During these festivities, nine types of royal helmet mask, called Agba, appear. They display typical facial scarifications and slanted eyes.
Non royal helmet masks are covered with linear scarifications and are used during festivals related to the Egu cult, which celebrate the spirit of the dead, and during the Yam festival when Igala ancestors are evoked. Headdresses and statues carved in the Akpa area show a typical flattened face with two oblique scarifications on each cheek topped by a crested coiffure.”

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