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Bell from the Lower Niger Bronze industry recently sold at Sotheby’s for 49,500 Euros ($66,000).

Bell from the Lower Niger Bronze industry recently sold at Sotheby’s for 49,500 Euros ($66,000).

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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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9 Feb 1905 Ukpum-uwana . Idiong-master (medicine man) with white pigment around his eyes.

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

9 Feb 1905 Ukpum-uwana . Idiong-master (medicine man) with white pigment around his eyes.

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

Tagged: #Ibibio

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6 Feb 1905 Ikot-Ekpende. Boy spinning cotton.

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

6 Feb 1905 Ikot-Ekpende. Boy spinning cotton.

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

Tagged: #Ibibio #annang

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26th Jan 1905, Addita market, near Ikot-Akpan. Government interpreter P.R. James

Charles Partridge

26th Jan 1905, Addita market, near Ikot-Akpan. Government interpreter P.R. James

Charles Partridge

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ukpuru:

Igbo weaver and vertical loom. Photo: J Stocker, early 20th century.

ukpuru:

Igbo weaver and vertical loom. Photo: J Stocker, early 20th century.

Tagged: #Igbo

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Part of the Nkporo Ifogu masquerade. Ogbo (clown) masquerader wearing a stylised human face mask and a raffia sack cloth costume. The mask is painted two toned (white and black) and the eyes are bulging and the nose and lips are comical and overly exaggerated. There are painted lines on the face from the botton of the eyes to the chin. There are feathers on the top of the mask. A gourd is hanging from a string round his neck, and there are raffia fronds around the ankles. He is holding a shallow woven basket iin one hand . In the background, children and adults sit beside a thatched building.

G. I. Jones, 1930s.

Part of the Nkporo Ifogu masquerade. Ogbo (clown) masquerader wearing a stylised human face mask and a raffia sack cloth costume. The mask is painted two toned (white and black) and the eyes are bulging and the nose and lips are comical and overly exaggerated. There are painted lines on the face from the botton of the eyes to the chin. There are feathers on the top of the mask. A gourd is hanging from a string round his neck, and there are raffia fronds around the ankles. He is holding a shallow woven basket iin one hand . In the background, children and adults sit beside a thatched building.

G. I. Jones, 1930s.

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Members of a [Igbo] band playing various musical instruments, including an igba (membrane drum) which is slung over the shoulder of the drummer with a shoulder strap and beaten by the drummer, udu (pot drum), ogene (gong) made of metal, rattles made from basket containers, and a ngedegwu (xylophone). In the right of the photograph, one young man is wearing a white striped cloth wrapper and a white woven cap and appears to be playing a wind instrument such as an oja (flute). The man standing next is wearing woven white trousers rolled up to his knees and appears to be playing an instrument. The man next to him is wearing a loin cloth with feathers attached to a head covering and holding a machete/cutlass. Behind are more band members of varying ages and in the background are spectators and trees.

G. I. Jones, 1930s.

Members of a [Igbo] band playing various musical instruments, including an igba (membrane drum) which is slung over the shoulder of the drummer with a shoulder strap and beaten by the drummer, udu (pot drum), ogene (gong) made of metal, rattles made from basket containers, and a ngedegwu (xylophone). In the right of the photograph, one young man is wearing a white striped cloth wrapper and a white woven cap and appears to be playing a wind instrument such as an oja (flute). The man standing next is wearing woven white trousers rolled up to his knees and appears to be playing an instrument. The man next to him is wearing a loin cloth with feathers attached to a head covering and holding a machete/cutlass. Behind are more band members of varying ages and in the background are spectators and trees.

G. I. Jones, 1930s.

Tagged: #Igbo

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ukpuru:

An Igbo mbari religious building built for the earth goddess Ala. Nnnorie, near Owere, Nigeria. Herbert M. Cole, 1969.

ukpuru:

An Igbo mbari religious building built for the earth goddess Ala. Nnnorie, near Owere, Nigeria. Herbert M. Cole, 1969.

Tagged: #Igbo

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