Art Igbo Tribe (view
the North we have the Igbo Mmo society that represents the spirits of
deceased maidens and their mothers with masks symbolizing beauty. Common
characteristics found on the masks are- finely sculptured thin and small
well-placed women's features, which are accentuated by tattoos.
In the South we find the
Ekpe society, introduced from the Cross River area. They
use contrasting masks during ceremonies; two examples are maiden spirit
mask representing beauty and peacefulness, and the elephant spirit,
representing aggression and strength. The
Okorosia masks, is similar to the Mmo of the Northern Ibo.
Ibo are known for masquerades associated with the Iko Okochi harvest
festival, in which the forms of the masks are determined by tradition,
the festival theme content varies yearly.
The Igbo people are a
large but widely spread population that inhabits both sides of the Niger
river with its fertile surroundings, provide ideal agricultural farming
land to all the inhabitants.
Over the years Ibo
people have embraced a great variety of beliefs and art styles from
neighboring tribes. The wide variety of cultural influences from
regional tribes creates rich cultural diversity and Igbo worship,
this is clearly depicted in the ceremonial rituals, artistic creations,
music, and song and dance.
Sculpture from the Igbo
people date back as far as 900AD and were made from leaded bronze and
wide variety of masks are found among the Ibo. The masks, of wood and or
fabric, are used in a many rituals or celebrations. Namely: social
satires, sacred rituals (for ancestors and invocation of the gods),
initiation, second burials, and public festivals, which now include
Christmas and Independence Day. Music. . Elaborate costumes, musical instruments, song,
dance and participation from the entire village, create a unique
carnival atmosphere to public festivals.
variety of decorative wooden objects are made by the Igbo people,
namely, musical instruments, doors, stools, mirror frames, trays for
offering kola nuts to guests, fertility dolls, and small figures used in