A West African , Nigerian Ibibio Maiden Spirit Helmet Mask with superstructure

A West African , Nigerian Ibibio Maiden Spirit Helmet Mask with superstructure

1800 to 1900 Nigerian

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A West African , Nigerian Ibibio Maiden Spirit Helmet Mask with superstructure . Carved wood and pigments
Late 19 th Century – Early 20 th Century

Size : 51 cm high , 23 cm wide – 20 ins high , 9 ins wide
Provenance : From the collection of an English Private Museum
Representing a beautiful spirit who has attained eternal bliss , this three quarter length helmet mask was used by the Mmwo society of the Ibibio . The crested top probably represents an elaborate hairdo . It has a refined facial expression that characterises the femininity of the idealised maiden spirit .
Dimensions
Height 51.00 cm (20.08 inches)
Width 23.00 cm (9.06 inches)
Medium
Carved wood and pigments
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