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Igbo Afikpo Mask

Nigeria

Carved wood and pigments
20th century
Height: 28 in. (71 cm)

Ex Artcurial, Paris, 8 December 2003, lot 37
Ex private collection, Paris acquired at the sale above

Price: sold

Western Africa
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The Afikpo are a subgroup of the Igbo people in southeastern Nigeria.
This highly abstract and geometric mask with a flat board superstructure is called mba.
It was used by members of an Afikpo secret society during the Okumkpa ceremonies which celebrated the end of the dry season.