Idoma Okua mask, Nigeria Naturalism for this... - Lot 184 - Arthema Auction

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Idoma Okua mask, Nigeria Naturalism for this... - Lot 184 - Arthema Auction
Idoma Okua mask, Nigeria Naturalism for this Nigerian mask associated with funeral rites, whose white clay-coated face bears the traditional vertical barred keloids, also present among the Igbos, protruding cheekbones beneath ample eye sockets, and visible dentition. The ears are highlighted with red ochre pigment. Flaky, peeling patina 33 x 17 cm Sold without base The Idoma settled at the confluence of the Bénué and Niger rivers. Numbering 500,000, they are farmers and traders. Their proximity to, and influences from, the Igbo, Cross River and Igala ethnic groups led to stylistic borrowings and great tribal similarities. Members of the royal lineage of their oglinye society, glorifying courage, use masks and crests at funerals and festivities. They also produce fertility statues with bleached faces and incised teeth. Janiform crests are usually displayed at notables' funerals. Members of the Kwompten male society used statues called goemai for healing rituals.
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