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Decorated pot North Ika

G. I. Jones, 1930s

Decorated pot North Ika

G. I. Jones, 1930s

Tagged: #Igbo

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Figures carved on the central pillar are: below, a woman with a waterpot on her head; above, an “Egbo runner” (i.e. the agent of the Ekpe [Egbo] secret society, his identity concealed beneath a tight fitting all enveloping costume and believed by the uninitiated to be a forest daemon. The servant of the Ekpe spirit to which the society ministers.)

G. I. Jones, Abiribia, 1930s.

Figures carved on the central pillar are: below, a woman with a waterpot on her head; above, an “Egbo runner” (i.e. the agent of the Ekpe [Egbo] secret society, his identity concealed beneath a tight fitting all enveloping costume and believed by the uninitiated to be a forest daemon. The servant of the Ekpe spirit to which the society ministers.)

G. I. Jones, Abiribia, 1930s.

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An Okorosie or Okoroshi masquerade depicting a close up of two beautiful characters. The one on the right is called Onyejuwe.

G. I. Jones, 1930s

An Okorosie or Okoroshi masquerade depicting a close up of two beautiful characters. The one on the right is called Onyejuwe.

G. I. Jones, 1930s

Tagged: #Igbo

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The Igbo earth goddess, Ala in an Mbari house dedicated to her in Ebele, near Owere. William Fagg, 28th February 1946.

The Igbo earth goddess, Ala in an Mbari house dedicated to her in Ebele, near Owere. William Fagg, 28th February 1946.

Tagged: #Igbo #goddess

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A shrine at Nsukka, P.G. van Dongen, 1962.

A shrine at Nsukka, P.G. van Dongen, 1962.

Tagged: #Igbo #Nsukka

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Portrait of an Igbo student in domesticity class, 1967, Drs. G.W. (Gerrit Willem) Grootenhuis.

Portrait of an Igbo student in domesticity class, 1967, Drs. G.W. (Gerrit Willem) Grootenhuis.

Tagged: #Igbo

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Traditional Igbo house/room from the Anambra area, Drs. G.W. (Gerrit Willem) Grootenhuis, 1967.

Traditional Igbo house/room from the Anambra area, Drs. G.W. (Gerrit Willem) Grootenhuis, 1967.

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A close up view of the masquerade character called Oki. The Oki mask is placed on top of the wearer’s head and consists of a large horizontal wooden structure with coloured fringe around the base of the mask and in the centre of the mask are carved, painted designs and three large pointed fins. The masquerader is wearing different pieces of coloured cloth with long strands of palm fronds around the enck. In the background are attendants who are wearing printed wrappers around the waist and some are holding metal staffs and sticks.

G. I. Jones, 1930s.

A close up view of the masquerade character called Oki. The Oki mask is placed on top of the wearer’s head and consists of a large horizontal wooden structure with coloured fringe around the base of the mask and in the centre of the mask are carved, painted designs and three large pointed fins. The masquerader is wearing different pieces of coloured cloth with long strands of palm fronds around the enck. In the background are attendants who are wearing printed wrappers around the waist and some are holding metal staffs and sticks.

G. I. Jones, 1930s.

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Igbo singing group from Okpanam, in what is now northern Delta State, Nigeria. Recorded in 1912 by Northcote Thomas.

Tagged: #Igbo #Music

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[Igbo] Nbanga Ikoro band consisting of a group of small boys sitting on the ground wearing masks on top of their heads; they are playing gongs and clappers.

G. I. Jones, 1930s.

[Igbo] Nbanga Ikoro band consisting of a group of small boys sitting on the ground wearing masks on top of their heads; they are playing gongs and clappers.

G. I. Jones, 1930s.

Tagged: #Igbo #children

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1 Aug. 1913. The ATA on horseback [Attah, the head of the Idah state of the Igala people.]

Charles Partridge, in what is now Kogi State, Nigeria.

1 Aug. 1913. The ATA on horseback [Attah, the head of the Idah state of the Igala people.]

Charles Partridge, in what is now Kogi State, Nigeria.

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Small boys masquerade in Ovim Village, Isu Ikwa Ato. The photograph shows a crowd surrounding a masquerader who is in the centre of the ring and is wearing striped netted leggings, a raffia skirt, head covered, and a headdress. The men in the circle are wearing plaid wrappers, some are wearing t-shirts and they are holding branches in their hands. In the foreground are two men wearing striped hats and watching the masquerade. In the background are spectators, tress and buildings.

G. I. Jones, 1930s.

Small boys masquerade in Ovim Village, Isu Ikwa Ato. The photograph shows a crowd surrounding a masquerader who is in the centre of the ring and is wearing striped netted leggings, a raffia skirt, head covered, and a headdress. The men in the circle are wearing plaid wrappers, some are wearing t-shirts and they are holding branches in their hands. In the foreground are two men wearing striped hats and watching the masquerade. In the background are spectators, tress and buildings.

G. I. Jones, 1930s.

Tagged: #Igbo

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25 July 1905. Uduk-Usaw. Boy.

Charles Partridge, in what is now Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria.

25 July 1905. Uduk-Usaw. Boy.

Charles Partridge, in what is now Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria.

Tagged: #Ibibio

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[LEFT] 10 March 1905. Ikot-ekpene. Boy weaving cloth from cotton.

[RIGHT] 10 March 1905. Ikot-ekpene. Boy weaving cloth from wine-palm fibre.

Charles Partridge, In what is now Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria.

Tagged: #Ibibio

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[Igbo] Obugulu mau masquerade depicting four masqueraders sitting down. Each of the characters is wearing a white and black painted face mask adorned with an elaborate headdress covered in tassels and cloth with streamers or ribbons. They are wearing the harlequin-like, appiqued costumes with pointed breasts; their hands and feet are covered with cloth.

G. I. Jones, 1930s.

[Igbo] Obugulu mau masquerade depicting four masqueraders sitting down. Each of the characters is wearing a white and black painted face mask adorned with an elaborate headdress covered in tassels and cloth with streamers or ribbons. They are wearing the harlequin-like, appiqued costumes with pointed breasts; their hands and feet are covered with cloth.

G. I. Jones, 1930s.

Tagged: #Igbo

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