Antique Early African Ibo Maiden Tribal Mask. This antique African mask measures 21 and three quarter inches high by 8 and one half inches wide and 11 and one half inches deep. Including the stand the total height of this antique tribal mask is 25 inches high. Every year "Maiden masks" were carved for the "The Fame Of Maidens' annual festival in the north central region of Iboland. Here is a description from a Sothebys catalog. African and Oceanic Art New York Friday November 19,1999 lot 130 where a similar mask had been sold with an estimate of $15,000 to $25,000. "The ideal beauty of a girl has both physical and moral dimensions. Physically she "should" be tall and lithe,with an upright posture and stately carriage..Ideally she will have fine facial features, a thin straight nose and a small mouth and her hair will be elaborately and delicately dressed in the preferred crested style..These ideals link too with the beauty of nature and valued..medicines..Her moral qualities will include purity,obedience,good character and generosity (Cole and Aniakor 1982:121). Condition, Excellent with the proper amount of wear showing from use. Shipping extra. Connecticut residents and buyers picking up in Connecticut add 6% state sales tax. Buyers outside the USA are responsible for any taxes,tariffs or customs that might apply.
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