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Idoma/ Igbo Mask

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Masking forms were often exchanged and assimilated among the Igbo, Idoma, and their neighbors. Idoma mask identities also sometimes vacillated from village to village, the roles changing with each performance. This originally white-faced mask is notable for its near-perfect symmetry: matching...

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Provenance

Bryce Holcombe (d. 1983), New York [see note]; February, 1989, sold by Pace Primitive and Ancient Art, New York, to William and Bertha Teel, Marblehead, MA; 1994, gift of William and Bertha Teel to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 25, 1995) NOTE: Holcombe was the director of Pace Primitive and Ancient Art until his death in 1983.

Credit Line

Gift of William E. and Bertha L. Teel

African, Igbo peoples, Nigeria, 20th century

Object Place

Nigeria

Dimensions

40.64 cm (16 in.)

Accession Number

1994.412

Medium or Technique

Wood, pigment

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Masks