The Igbo crest mask of the middle Cross River region has an extremely rich and diverse masking tradition that embodies the spirits of tribal ancestors. The mask projects expressive facial features with white pigment, sensitive eyes, aquiline nose, open mouth showing teeth and an elaborate four-part hairstyle with pigtails. Crest masks share stylistic forms of neighboring tribal groups such as the Idoma, Ijo, Isoko, Ibibio and Ekoi. They were danced in ceremonies for fertility, to cure illness, and at funerals.
Origin: Nigeria, Cross River region
Time Period: Early 20th c
Provenance: From a Hawaiian estate
Materials: Wood and pigment on custom stand
Dimensions: 12 1/2 in. high x 4 1/2 in. wide
Condition: Mask is in fine condition, some cracked and loss to plaits of hair
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