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Fine Igbo Mask
P R O V E N A N C E: Private Collection, USA
Early 20th century, Agbogho Mmwo
Wood, pigments, iron stand
High 50 cm. Nigeria
Fine Igbo Mask, this mask is very composed, with delicate features and an elegant coiffure, fine dark brown patina, highlighted overall with red, black and white pigments. The triple-crested coiffure is a naturalistic representation of hairstyles actually worn by young girls of the region. The form of the central crest, recalling a cogwheel, presumably derived from the former custom of attaching brass coins to the hair.
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