Africa | 'Ikorodo' Helmet 'Maiden Spirit' mask from the Igbo people of Nigeria. Wood with pigment. These masks which represent the spirit of a yung firl, would have been worn by young men (in girls clothes) at Harvest ceremonies held in honour of the Earth Spirit. The quadruple twisted coiffure is typical of that worn by the young girls in the region. | ca. post 1940.
Representing the "spirit of a young maiden" belonging to the men's "mmwo" society. Such masks were worn by young men on harvest festivities and at the annual ceremonies in honor of the earth spirit "ane.