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Igbo Mask with Neck Costume from Nigeria 19″ – African Tribal Art

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This mask was created in the style of the Igbo  people of Nigeria. This interesting Igbo mask comes attached with a woven costume and has braided hair with colorful beaded accents. It measures 9 inches tall and 19 inches including the woven neck costume and weighs 1 pound. It is in fair condition with minor imperfections – please inspect photos. Stand is not included.

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Type of Object

Maiden Mask

Country of Origin

Nigeria

Ethnicity

Igbo

Material

wood, pigment, fiber, string, beads

Approximate Age

Unknown

Height (Inches)

9" mask | 19" including costume

Width (Inches)

8"

Depth (Inches)

11.75"

Weight (Pounds)

1 lb

Overall Condition

Cracking, scrapes and scuffs – see photos

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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