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Igbo_Figure_1006919
Igbo_Figure_1006919
Igbo_Figure_1006919
Igbo_Figure_1006919
Igbo_Figure_1006919
Igbo_Figure_1006919
Igbo_Figure_1006919
Igbo_Figure_1006919
Igbo_Figure_1006919
Igbo_Figure_1006919
Igbo_Figure_1006919
Igbo_Figure_1006919

Igbo African Figure/Statue 21″ – Nigeria

$290.00 $116.00

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Type of Object

Helmet Mask

Country of Origin

Nigeria

Ethnicity

Igbo

Material

Wood, pigment, yarn, beads

Approximate Age

Unknown

Height (Inches)

25.5" without Stand, 31" with Stand

Width (Inches)

15"

Depth (Inches)

13"

Weight (Pounds)

5lbs without Stand, 6.5lbs with Stand

Overall Condition

Cracks throughout. Both outside parts of headdress are cracked and loose.

Additional Information

Igbo Maiden Spirt Mask

Tribe Information

About the Igbo People

The Igbo have an oral history that tells of their origins having come from a ‘sky being’ whom they call Eri. Eri was sent by Chikwu (God) down to Earth. When Eri first landed, he sat on an ant-hill looking at a marshy landscape. He began to complain about the conditions, so Chikwu sent a blacksmith who used bellows and charcoal to dry the land. Eri and his people lived plentiful until his death, in which all food ceased. One of Eri’s sons, Nri, objected to the lack of food, in which Chikwu’s reply was for him to sacrifice his first son and daughter and bury them in separate graves. 12 days after Nri complied, yams grew from his son’s grave and coco yam from his daughter’s. Later, Nri decided to kill a male and female slave, burying them the same way he did his children. Again, after 12 days, oil palm grew from the male slave’s grave while a fruit tree grew from that of the female slave. Since the creation of this Igbo oral tradition, all kings trace their origin back to the founding ancestor Eri and each king is a ritual reproduction of him.

Read more about the Igbo here.

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Additional Information

About the Maiden Spirt Mask

Maiden spirit masks are meant to portray Igbo ideals of feminine beauty. The mask would be danced by a male, dressed in a colorful elaborate bodysuit, during annual Fame of Maidens festivals. The mask also makes appearances at funerals and other cultural events to honor and celebrate ancestors and members of the community. Maiden spirit masks come in a variety of shapes and sizes, some becoming towering structures with elaborate hairstyles and facial scarification. Many are topped with animal and humanoid figures. Most masks will include a white painted face to symbolize purity and beauty.