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"IGBO ARTS:  COMMUNITY & COSMOS" Exhibition Poster, 1984.
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"IGBO ARTS: COMMUNITY & COSMOS" Exhibition Poster, 1984.

An eye catching image of an agbogho mmwo mask featured works in the national traveling exhibition in the United States during 1985 and 1986.   The Igbo mmwo masks idealize the physical and moral beauty of young womanhood. Among the components of physical beauty is alight complexion, small facial features, and elaborate crested hair arrangements which symbolizes wealth or royalty. Moral beauty is depicted by grace and obediance, shown when the mmow masks are worn with full costume by dancers at agricultual festivals or as spirit escorts at funerals of prominent members of society. The mmow masks are all danced by men as an expession of Igbo cosmological ideology concerning male/female duality.  Further information can be found in the companion book. Herbert M. Cole, Chike C. Aniakor and Chinua Achebe. University of California Press, Los Angeles, 1984. Professionally mounted and framed without glass.

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