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Helmet mask (agbogho mmwo)

Helmet mask (agbogho mmwo)

Culture Group: Igbo peoples (Nigeria)
Culture: Igbo peoples (Nigeria)
Date: 19th–20th century
Medium: Pigment on wood
Dimensions:
17 1/2 inches (44.5 cm)
Classification: Sculpture
Credit Line: Gift of Allen A. Davis
Label Text:Maiden Spirit masks (agbogho mmwa) are worn by male dancers at annual festivals that honor important deities. They represent the Igbo ideal of female beauty: small, balanced features, elaborate braided hairstyles, and delicate scarification. The mask is worn with a colorful, tight-fitting fiber costume that includes large female breasts. The young men who perform the masquerades imitate the dances of adolescent girls, miming and exaggerating their movement and behaviors.
Object number: 1981.69.4
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