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Mask crest Afikpo Igbo Nigeria Wood, pigments, raffia H.: 45 cm. Mask with geometric shapes, presenting a cone-shaped face on either side of which the slit eyes stretch across the width. It is surmounted by a blade decorated with polychrome motifs.This type of mask came out mainly during the Okumkpa masquerade as a result of satirical parodies and songs interspersed with dances. Object that was generally little used as a late replacement, before integrating colonial circles as an object of knowledge or ornament.Consultant : Jean-Pierre LACOSTE

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