African Tribal Mask

Antique African Ibo / Igbo Tribal Helmet Mask from SE Nigeria Agbogho Mmwo


Antique African Ibo / Igbo Tribal Helmet Mask from SE Nigeria Agbogho Mmwo
Antique African Ibo / Igbo Tribal Helmet Mask from SE Nigeria Agbogho Mmwo
Antique African Ibo / Igbo Tribal Helmet Mask from SE Nigeria Agbogho Mmwo
Antique African Ibo / Igbo Tribal Helmet Mask from SE Nigeria Agbogho Mmwo
Antique African Ibo / Igbo Tribal Helmet Mask from SE Nigeria Agbogho Mmwo
Antique African Ibo / Igbo Tribal Helmet Mask from SE Nigeria Agbogho Mmwo
Antique African Ibo / Igbo Tribal Helmet Mask from SE Nigeria Agbogho Mmwo
Antique African Ibo / Igbo Tribal Helmet Mask from SE Nigeria Agbogho Mmwo
Antique African Ibo / Igbo Tribal Helmet Mask from SE Nigeria Agbogho Mmwo
Antique African Ibo / Igbo Tribal Helmet Mask from SE Nigeria Agbogho Mmwo

Antique African Ibo / Igbo Tribal Helmet Mask from SE Nigeria Agbogho Mmwo   Antique African Ibo / Igbo Tribal Helmet Mask from SE Nigeria Agbogho Mmwo

Welcome to the sale of this beautiful African mask. The mask comes from the Ibo (Igbo) tribe of Southeastern Nigeia and depicts a beautiful girl, that comes to man from the afterlife. These masks are called Agbogho Mmwo and are danced with by young men in tight, colourful costumes during harvest festivals and at ceremonies in honour of ancestors, women and the earth gods. The present Mmwo mask is carefully crafted.

It has a white-coloured face (kaolin) that indicates that this mask character has come from the afterlife, the realm of the dead. It has original black-dyed decoration and scarification marks to its face, which is nicely carved and very expressive. The top is crested with an elaborate carved hairpiece.

All in all a very beautiful and interesting piece of African art. (please note stand not included). In good condition commensurate with its age and use. Please have a good look at the photographs as they form part of the description and contact me if you have any further questions. The mask measures (in cm) 58 tall, 20 wide and 28 deep.

There will be a surcharge for some addresses in Northern Ireland, the Isle of Wight, the Isle of Man, the Scilly Isles and the Highlands and islands of Scotland. You are more than welcome to collect or I can deliver locally if needed. I have many unique antique and vintage items, please take a look. All of our listings carry a make a best offer option, feel free to use it, however please be realistic.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. The item "Antique African Ibo / Igbo Tribal Helmet Mask from SE Nigeria Agbogho Mmwo" is in sale since Thursday, October 22, 2020.

This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic Antiques\African". The seller is "rust-and-rot" and is located in Malmesbury, Wiltshire. This item can be shipped to United Kingdom, Antigua and barbuda, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Australia, United States, Bahrain, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Israel, Hong Kong, Norway, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Bangladesh, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Barbados, Brunei darussalam, Dominica, Ecuador, Egypt, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Grenada, French guiana, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Macao, Monaco, Maldives, Montserrat, Martinique, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, Paraguay, Reunion, Turks and caicos islands, Aruba, Saudi arabia, South africa, United arab emirates, Ukraine, Chile, Bahamas, Colombia, Costa rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Kuwait, Panama, Philippines, Qatar, Trinidad and tobago, Uruguay, Viet nam, Cayman islands.

  1. Antique: Yes
  2. Region of Origin: African
  3. Product: Masks
  4. Age: 1900-1940
  5. Primary Material: Wood
  6. Original/ Repro: Original


Antique African Ibo / Igbo Tribal Helmet Mask from SE Nigeria Agbogho Mmwo   Antique African Ibo / Igbo Tribal Helmet Mask from SE Nigeria Agbogho Mmwo