Idoma Ikpobi Mask

2527

$119.00

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Idoma
ITEM #:
2527
ETHNICITY:
Idoma
ORIGIN:
Nigeria
IDOMA IKPOBI MASK:
This Idoma mask, known as an ikpboi mask, belongs to the younger men’s age-grade associations, though today, an Ikpobi mask is used in funeral ceremonies.

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African Art

ITEM #:
2527
ETHNICITY:
Idoma
ORIGIN:
Nigeria
MEDIUM:
Wood.
DIMENSIONS:
9″ tall (22.9 cm)
CONDITION:
Very Good.
NOTE:
Display Stand Not Included.


African Art

CATALOGUE NOTE:
Among the Idoma, the ikpobi mask belongs to the younger men’s age-grade associations. This masquerading tradition presumably emerged from the dances performed by warriors returning home from battle and presenting their enemies’ heads as trophies to the village. The age grades lost their military function with the onset of the colonial period, and such victory celebrations ceased. Today, ikpobi maskers appear primarily at funeral ceremonies, and always in male-female pairs.

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