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Although worn and danced by a man, this African object symbolizing beauty represents the spirits of deceased maidens and mothers.
What is it?
Answer: An Igbo Mmwo Society Mask, also known as a maiden spirit mask. This mask embodies ideals of youthful feminine beauty among the Igbo in southeastern Nigeria.
Image: Mmwo Society (Agboho Mmwo) Mask (2000.13.0008), courtesy of the Spurlock Museum.
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