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Baule, Yaure, Attie,
Democratic Republic of Congo
32. Igbo Afikpo mask, Nigeria, wood and pigments, 6 3/4" (17 cm) |
Called Otogho (“to peck like a bird”) this mask from the Afikpo area of Igboland is one of countless masquerade forms used by the Igbo, who are a culture of extraordinary artistic richness. Danced during the Yam ceremonies, it depicts the man who is too boastful. Accoutrements with this mask include a wooden machete, a singlet and a raffia palm leaf skirt. The face covering accompanying objects and costume all together (which to the Igbo constitute the “mask”- not just the face covering) are called Otogho by initiates and Obuke by noninitiates.
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