- Label Text
- The maiden spirit mask or agbogo mmuo, has delicate features, carved hair and an elaborate superstructure and is worn by young male dancers with a body suit of appliqued cloth. Representing the ideals of youthful beauty, she also embodies qualities of good character, and family pride and success. Danced during the dry season, the masqueraders entertain the living while representing, honoring and performing for the ancestors.
- Wood mask of white faced female with cut back helmet mask formed by the coiffure, surmounted by superstructure of openwork circular motifs. Mask is heavily damaged and eroded, but some inserted mirrors remain intact. Restoration in superstructure.
- Eliot Elisofon, New York, 1971 to 1973
- Purchased from Tribal Arts Gallery, NYC [Albert Gordon, contact, Leonard Kahan, co-owner]
- Data Source
- National Museum of African Art
- Igbo artist
- Early to mid-20th century
- Credit Line
- Bequest of Eliot Elisofon
- Wood, pigment, mirror
- H x W x D: 63.5 x 18.4 x 25.4 cm (25 x 7 1/4 x 10 in.)