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Ikenga mask

Ikenga mask

In Africa, masks serve an important role in rituals or ceremonies with varied purposes like ensuring a good harvest, addressing tribal needs in times of peace or war, or conveying spiritual presences in initiation rituals or burial ceremonies. Some masks represent the spirits of deceased ancestors. Others symbolize totem animals, creatures important to a certain family or group. This mask was inspired by the Ikenga, which is a man's personal God in the Igbo culture of Nigeria.


Acrylic on Canvas



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