Bronze Helmet mask Crest Representing a Crocodile
Ijo Tribe, Nigeria
Bronze, rattan, foam, cloth

L: 31"
Inventory # 10381

This Fine and unique zoomorphic masks of the Ijo tribe embody water spirits (bou oru) include many types that include water animals such as crabs, sharks, hippopotami, swordfish, and crocodiles. These predators are typically depicted with striking realism, which is not surprising, seeing as the Ijo live by fishing in the Niger Delta and face the threat of these dangerous creatures every day. These masks are used in the context of the sekiapu cult, in which the water spirits are placated and implored to ensure the welfare of the community. 

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