- View SourceDoes anyone have any photos or links to websites regarding contemporary
masquerades and masks from Nigeria (eg
Any info, as ever, is greatfully recieved.
- View SourceCraig:
The Smithsonian/SIRIS site is always a great visual resource at
http://sirismm.si.edu/siris/eepaculturegroup.htm. There are Igbo,
Ibibio and Yoruba sections specifically... among many others. Even
if the images are not so recent as you may be seeking, this is a
great starting point if you haven't already (or recently) visited.
Perhaps I can be more helpful if you can indicate more specifically
what you are seeking. In the meanwhile, for a quick visual fix there
are a couple of images form Yoruba Gelede at the
Beckwith/Fisher "African Ceremonies site":
A more detailed rendering may be found in the book, THE GELEDE
SPECTACLE by Babatunde Lawal.
"...[a] study of Gelede, a popular community festival of masquerade,
dance and song, held several times a year by the Yoruba of south-
western Nigeria and the Republic of Benin. Covers the cultural
history, the performance, the aesthetics of costume and masks, and
the moral and aesthetic philosophy against a background of social
change." Illustrated in colour. BNS, notes, gloss, bib, index, 304pp,
USA. WASHINGTON U P, 029597527X
For SE Nigerian materials, the GI Jones archive of SE Nigerian Art &
Culture is not so recent but an incredible collection of images. NOT
TO BE MISSED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The site is at:
http://www.siu.edu/~anthro/mccall/jones/ Perhaps also Jones' books
Ibo Arts and/or Art of Southeastern Nigeria (1984) would be helpful
to you in print.
Additional printed sources...
on the Igbo:
IGBO ARTS: Community and Cosmos
Cole, Herbert M. & Aniakor, Chike C. "One of the most comprehensive
books on the subject of Igbo art." Includes foreword by Chinua Achebe
and contributions from academics. Illustrated with colour and b/w
images. Notes, bib, 238pp, USA. ROY P JENSEN, 0930741005
Njoku, John E. Eberegbulam. "The Igbos of Nigeria: Ancient Rites,
Changes and Survival," (African Studies Volume 14), New York, N.Y.:
The Edwin Mellen Press, 1990.
and the Urhobo: Continuity and Renewal in Urhobo Art
Edited by Perkins Foss.~Essays by John Picton, Perkins Foss, Michael
Y. Nabofa, G.G. Darah, Tanure Ojaide, and Bruce Onobrakpeya.~Foreword
by Peter Ekeh. http://www.artbook.com/9053495061.html
A general article that might provide some additional sources, can be
found (in print and online) is "Eastern Nigerian Art from the Toby
and Barry Hecht Collection" in African Arts Spring 2002.
I hope this gives you some places to explore, and please advise if
you need help finding more specific elements.