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    Description

    Igala (Nigeria)
    Helmet Mask, Egwu Agba
    Wood, pigment
    Height: 12 ¼ inches Width: 9 3/8 inches Depth: 10 ¾ inches

    A raised circular flange marks the base of this fine polychromed helmet mask with a domical head. The face, colored white below the arched brows and above the open mouth with teeth showing, shows close parallel grooves across the forehead dyed with washing blue, presumably indicating scarification. Eyebrows and lips are painted red. Above a scalloped narrow white band, dressed hair is indicated by numerous tightly grooved swirls. The ears are circular tabs. The patina indicates considerable use. An indigenous circular opening behind the proper right ear was later plugged while still in use. The condition is very good, with some flaking of the white pigment.

    Provenance: H. Bruce Greene II and family, Naples, Florida



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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    June, 2007
    7th Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
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