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Antiqued Maiden Spirit mask

Nigeria

Nigeria

Q:  This mask confused me because the nobs on the top of his head would indicate Africa but the designs on the cheeks seem to be more Papua New Guinea. It is carved from light wood, completely emptied out with good vision through the eye holes and is 16 inches high. Together this would make it easy to wear.  Alice, 633

A:  You’ve got a Maiden Spirit mask from the Igbo people of Nigeria, West Africa’s most populated country. Because of its in good condition, has an antiqued surface and full raffia skirt, it will make an impressive wall decoration. However, I think most collectors would prefer the bright white skin with colored details usually found on this type of masks.  C+

Categories:   Africa

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