This mask was carved in the style of the Ijo people of Nigeria. The mask features many faces throughout, 9 in total. The mask measures 38 inches tall and weighs 5.5 pounds. There is a large crack on top that may have been previously repaired and a large chip on the back of the mask along with minor scuffing and general wear and tear throughout. Please inspect photos carefully.
Ijo Mask with Multiple Faces 38″ – Nigeria – African Art
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Large crack on top. Large chip on back. Scuffing, cracking and wear and tear.
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.”
Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1998. Print.