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Tiv Figural Mask from Nigeria 18″ – African Tribal Art

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This colorful Tiv mask features a deeply pigmented face with a partial female figure coming out of the top of the mask. It measures 18 inches tall and weighs 2.5 pounds. There is some minor imperfections including chips, scrapes and scuffs – please inspect photos. Stand is not included.

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Type of Object

Face Mask

Country of Origin

Nigeria

Ethnicity

Tiv

Material

Wood and pigment

Approximate Age

Unknown

Height (Inches)

18"

Width (Inches)

5.25”

Depth (Inches)

5.5"

Weight (Pounds)

2.5 lbs

Overall Condition

Imperfections including scrapes, scuffs and cracks – see photos

Tribe Information

About the Tiv people

“The 1,000,000 Tiv people live from farming fields on the left bank of the Benue River and take their name from their eponymous ancestor. They carve figures which are either large and elongated or naturally proportioned with round heads and occasionally scarification at the corners of the mouth and a crested coiffure. Some of these figures were used as posts for reception huts, while others, called Ihambe, are to linked to the concept of fecundity and marriage. Tiv blacksmiths have achieved notoriety for their ‘prestige’ adzes in which the handle ends in a stylized human head with a blade sprouting from it. These are used during festivities and important meetings. Their metal output also includes small copper figures with splayed legs and rounded heads”

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