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Idoma Mask Okua Benue River Region Nigera African Art

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Title Idoma Mask Okua Benue River Region Nigera African Art
Type of Object Mask
Country of Origin Nigeria
People Idoma
Materials Wood
Approximate Age mid 20th century
Dimensions 13 inches H. x 8 inches W.
Overall Condition Good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair large cracks in head to the back , age cracks, wear, scratches

Additional Information: 

This finely carved mask may come from the Idoma people who live at the confluence of the Niger and Benue Rivers in Nigeria. It is an area of shared art styles and social and religious traditions with a strong stylistic influence coming from the neighboring Igbo.

Face-masks among the Idoma are generally painted white with an open mouth showing teeth and with scarifications portrayed in strong lines across the face and along the ears. Masks such as this are called “Okua” and are danced to pay respect for elders at funerals. The mask draws its authority and power from the bush spirit known as “Anjenu” who lives in the river and who is also honored by the dancing of the white “Okua” funerary masks..