The Idoma used numerous masks that embodied the spirits of ancestors that were used during funeral ceremonies, to cure illness and for fertility.  This Idoma mask displays a heart shaped face that is elaborately painted with scarification, wearing a colonial helmet.  The anthropomorphic mask  is mounted on coiled bamboo basketry that was attached to the dancer’s head.

Origin:  Nigeria
Time Period: Early 20th c
Provenance: From an old Belgium collection
Materials: Wood, pigment, fiber with custom wood stand
Dimensions: 12 in. high x 6 in. wide 
Condition: Mask in good condition, small age crack on face and helmet, some loss of pigment
Inventory #A3162
Price: $3,000

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