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Before the rise of British colonial rule, the Igbo people were policed by masked spirits that were granted power by local elders. One masquerade that is still performed is the okorishi, which is performed during an annual masking season that lasts several weeks. The masquerade is comprised of...

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Provenance

1968, acquired in Paris by Geneviève McMillan, Cambridge, MA; gift of McMillan to MFA. (Accession Date June 17, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

African, Nigeria, Ibibio peoples, mid 20th century

Object Place

Nigeria

Dimensions

Overall: 23 x 14.5 x 8 cm (9 1/16 x 5 11/16 x 3 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

2009.2623

Medium or Technique

wood, pigment, encrustation, raffia

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Masks