“The Beauty of Old Age” – Nigeria


Mask of an old woman. The face is painted white, the color of communion with tribal ancestors. Her mouth is opened partway to reveal two sets of teeth, and her lips are painted black. Her nose is narrow and skillfully carved, while her eyes are partly closed and her eyebrows carefully drawn black lines. Her ears are small, and on both sides of her face are carved decorations/tribal jewelry. Her hair is painted black and gathered at the top of her head in a style typical of the IBO tribe from Nigeria.

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