A Fine Igbo mask: Agbogho mmwo, or "maiden spirit," masks are worn by men at festivals that honor important deities. They represent the Igbo ideal of female beauty: small, balanced features, elaborate hairstyles. Igbo peoples, Nigeria, West Africa. Provenance: The Dr. Brian Healy estate, New York.Carved wood and pigment. Size: 12'' x 8'' x 16'' (30 x 20 x 41 cm).

Igbo "Agbogho mmwo" Helmet Mask