Ibo Leopard Mask
This beautifully decorative wooden mask comes from the Ibo people of Nigeria. The Ibo live in the forest regions of South-West Nigeria. Two hundred villages include over thrity sub-groups, most of whom are farmers. Secret societies form an important part of traditional life and men aim to progress through the ranks to achieved increased social status. Igbo masks are often painted with white challk, said to be the colour of the spirit. The Leopard is revered for is strength and stealth with Ibo society.