IYALLA MASK
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IYALLA MASK

Wood | h 69 cm | 27,2 in. | 20th century

description

A great Iyalla helmet mask. The mask has two faces. There is a serpent around the mask and it is decorated with many figures. On top the sitting figures represent the chief and his wives carried by dozens of servants, like musicians, women and soldiers. The Iyalla who live in the Cross River state of Nigeria have a great tradition and skill in making masks. We visited the tribe in 2012. More about our journeys you can find in our book The known and unknown art of Nigeria | 511 tribes explored by Peter de Jeu. Click here for more info.

 
 
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