Igbo, one of the major ethnic groups in Nigeria, with roughly 17 to million members concentrated in the southeastern part of the country.
Igbo art is any body of visual art originating from the Igbo people. The Igbo produce a wide variety of art including traditional figures, masks, artifacts and textiles, plus works in metals such as bronze. Artworks form the Igbo have been found from as early as 9th century.
Some masks showcase an ideal image of an Igbo maiden. This ideal is made up by the smallness of a young girl’s features and the whiteness of her complexion, which is an indication that the mask is a spirit. This whiteness is created using a chalk substance used for ritually marking the body in both West Africa.
Igbo have excelled at metalwork, weaving and wood carving.