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Ijo (Ijaw) Horned Mask 19″ – Nigeria – African Tribal Art

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This mask was carved in the style of the Ijo (Ijaw) people of Nigeria. The mask features four horns coming from the top, interesting eyes with striations carved around them and two large horns and smaller wooden teeth coming from the bottom. The mask measures 19 inches tall and weighs 8.5 pounds. The mask is in good condition with minor imperfections – see photos. Stand is not included.

Type of Object

Mask

Country of Origin

Nigeria

Ethnicity

Ijo

Material

Wood, Pigment

Approximate Age

Unknown

Height (Inches)

19"

Width (Inches)

10"

Depth (Inches)

5.5"

Weight (Pounds)

8.5 lbs

Overall Condition

Good condition with general wear and tear.

Tribe Information

About the Ijo People

“The 250,000 Ijo people settled in the Niger River Delta where fish are in abundance, providing them with their principal means of subsistence. Ijo carvers produced altar panels and horizontal headdresses, called Otojo, which represent water spirits. They believe that these spirits are like humans in terms of their strengths and weaknesses and that before their birth, human beings live among the Otojo. Once born, the Ijo maintain contact with them through prayers in order to gain their favours.”

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