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    Description

    Igbo (Nigeria)?
    Headdress or cap mask
    Wood, iron staples (an old repair), encrustations
    Height: 8 inches Width: 11 ¼ inches Depth: 14 inches

    A very unusual and old carving of uncertain provenance, this complex piece is however more than likely from the Nsukka Igbo region, specifically the village group of Leja, where analogous iconographically rich forms have been documented. See Herbert M. Cole and Chike C. Aniakor. Igbo Arts. Community and Cosmos. Los Angeles: Museum of Cultural History, University of California, 1984, pp. 141, 142. The iconography features two human figures with enlarged heads at the front and back, whose limbs stick out. Beside them are two birds with elongated bodies and pierced, notched tails. Beside the birds on each side four quadrupeds rest their forelegs on the birds' bodies, and a lizard-like creature straddles the backs of the quadrupeds. There are holes for the attachment of costume elements around the base of the concave cap. The encrustations are thick and the patina deep.

    On the proper left side, from front to back, a loss area extends from the top under the bird's tail and curves around to end by the rear leg of the back animal; then a hornlike projection found on the other side is missing here, as are the proper right limbs of the rear-facing figure. There is a hole in the helmet directly behind the central front human figure. On the proper right side, the bird head has come loose; below the bird's head a projection is partly broken away and repatinated; the front animal's body had broken just below the lizard's tail and has been indigenously re-connected. The rear animal's tail had separated and has been re-connected indigenously; both the bird's tail and a projecting horn below it were broken off and have been reglued.

    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: 1
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