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This beautifully expressive elephant spirit mask (known in Igbo language as 'Ogbodo Enyi') was danced as a symbol of strength and clarity for the Igbo community. There are more extraordinary details about this mask and its history than one can easily describe. One, for example, is that it has been centuries since elephants roamed Nigeria, and this type of abstracted image an elephant is the result of historical verbal description rather than artistic license. Known as 'Ogbodo Enyi', it was historically a symbol of strength and clarity for the Igbo community. Bonnie Weston (1984) reports that in 1975, when an epidemic killed many Igbo-Izzi children, a local oracle offered a successful course of healing. The oracle asked that women dance Ogbodo Enyi to show their gratitude. In subsequent years, community women have demonstrated their social identity through their own masquerades. The now-female masks chase young men, just as male dancers used to harass young women (Weston 1984:157-8).
The Igbo Izzi elephant mask is one the most desired masks for art collectors in the African diaspora, for a range of reasons. Aesthetically, in its abstraction and power, it has few equals in the diaspora.
For modern art collectors who venture into the African diaspora now and again, the Igbo Izzi elephant mask is one of the unquestionably favorite masks to view and own; it has an energy and presence that can change a room, either on the wall or standing alone on a custom made base (included with this mask); it’s wild abstraction has inspired prominent contemporary artists spanning back to abstract impressionists.
Photo of dancer included @ copyright "Igbo Arts: Community and Cosmos" by Herbert M. Cole and Chike G. Aniakor, Univ of California Museum of Cultural History; (October 1984), page 131 plate 28.
|Lot ID: 76|
|Low Estimate: $6,000|
|High Estimate: $12,000|
|Next Bid: $5,000|
|Sale ID: 6|
|Sale Date: July 28, 2016|
|Sale Location: Virtual Auction|
|Sale Sponsor: African Artworks from Berz Gallery of African Art|
|Sale Terms: View here|
|Live Bidding Link: SALE CLOSED|
|Location of Origin: Africa|
|Medium/Materials: wood (one piece), fiber, kaolin, metal|
|Dimensions: 23" (58.42 cm) height 9" (22.86 cm) width x 14" (35.56 cm) depth|
|Primary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : African Art : Country - Nigeria|
|Secondary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : African Art : Object Type - Mask|
|Igbo Arts: Community and Cosmos" by Herbert M. Cole and Chike G. Aniakor; Igbo: Visions of Africa Series, H. Cole; Visona, A History of Art in Africa; Bacquart, The Tribal Arts of Africa, Elephant: The Animal and Its Ivory in African Culture, 1995, Doran H. Ross|
|Provenance: Ex. Lempertz Auctionhouse, Auction 1054 - African and Oceanic Art, June, 2015, Brussels, Lot 18, Ex. Private European Collection|
|Price:||Price on Request|
|Offered By:||CLOSED: African Artworks : 146 Lots : July 28-30|
|Contact:||The Curator's Eye|
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