Idoma mask Nigeria - SOLD OUT

This crest, with its singular beauty and iconography, is part of a corpus as remarkable as it is small. Most often janiformes and sometimes topped with birds, the most exceptional of them have a composition with four or six faces.

In the future and in the past ", François Neyt sees in the multiplicity of faces" the ubiquity of the spirit of the mask to whom nothing can escape "(Neyt, The Arts of the Beetle with the roots of the traditions, 1985, 129). In this respect, they are similar to the emblematic Sakimatwematwe statues of the Lega. Their name, ungulali (flute), recalls the sound of the instrument announcing the arrival of the dancers wearing these crests, at the funeral of notables and great entertainment ceremonies.

In the lower Bénoué Valley, the calendar of ceremonies coincides with the seasonal cycle of plantations and crops; only funeral commemorations occur systematically in the dry season, when field work is suspended. At Idoma, it is also time for the release of masks.

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Data sheet

Presumed dating
Mid XXth century
Size
Expert's estimate
Ethnic group
Idoma
Material(s)
Wood
Country
Nigeria
Origin
Tribal Art Collection Portugal
Stand
Included
Condition
Excellent

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