NEGRITUDE WITH IGBO MASK
signed and dated 1985 (lower left)
watercolour and red chalk on paper
51 by 39cm., 20 by 15¼in.
Please note that there is a fold line running diagonally within the upper left hand quadrant of the work. Additional light fold line running horizontally across the center of the work. This line is more visible on the reverse. Light wrinkles and undulation to the paper. Area along the lower right hand edge where the paper appears to be folded/pushed upwards due to contact with mount board. Red chalk marks to the reverse, likely inherent. Areas of light acid discolouration visible in places.
This work is adhered to its mount board using masking tape along all edges. This work is framed.
Colours are true to catalogue illustration.
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Private Collection, Nigeria
The Igbo mask depicted is most likely the same one in the collection of the National Museum in Lagos, and published in Ekpo Eyo, Two Thousand Years of Nigerian Art, 1977, p. 205. The mmanwu ogbuka portrays the analogy between wild animals and the bravery, strength and vitality of young men, and provides a contrast to both the womanly beauty of the Negritude figure behind, as well as the Agbogho Mmuo maiden dancers illustrated in Ogolo (lot 30) and opposite in Masquerade Dancer (lot 33).