Igala Zoomorphic Helmet Mask from Nigeria 10.75″ – African Tribal Art


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This mask was created in the style of the Igala people of Nigeria. This intriguing mask features a carved face with a double headed animal like figure on the top of the mask. It measures 10.75 inches tall, 16 inches in depth and weighs 4.5 pounds. There are some scratches, cracks, previous repair and wood deterioration – please inspect photos. Stand is not included.

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1 mask

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Weight (Pounds)

4.5 lbs

Overall Condition

Cracks, scratches, wood deterioration and previous repairs

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.