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L. Ogbado Engi Mask. R. Boxing
19th-20th c African (West) Igbo Sculpture

IGBO PEOPLE Anonymous (aka Ibo) (active c. 500 - present)
IGBO PEOPLE Anonymous (aka Ibo) (active c. 500 - present) Primary
c. 1800-1951
19th-20th c
Wood
Carved
Igbo
Mask
Nigeria.
New York. Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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Archipenko, the creator of the abstract sculpture on the right has clearly felt the influence of African artistic traditions like the one on the left. Here we see the mask of a forest monster, with bulging eyes and thrusting tusks. A geometric sensibility underlay the structure of the mask, as various parts of the muzzle, ears and tusks have been simplified into primarily triangular surfaces. The areas thus created have been painted to create bold patterns that emphasize the primordial strength of the monster. The geometric forms created by the Achipenko, although dynamic, seem rather unsophisticated by contrast.

Caption: IGBO | L. Ogbado Engi Mask. R. Boxing | c. 1800-1951 | West African | Igbo
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