mask (dance & live theatre)

Carved wooden mask. Painted with white and cream pigment. Face has carved eyeholes, and pointed white teeth. The top of the mask is carved with white-faced people on horseback, wearing domed helmets and carrying weapons. Around their feet are several carved heads, displayed on sticks.

'The Igbo people live mainnly in moder-day Nigeria. Their stilt walker masquerades are known as 'Izaga' or 'Ulaga'. The Ulaga masquerade is only seen during the funerals of important men, or to show someone's importance within the community'- Scherin Barlow Massay, Community Researcher

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