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Chukwukelu, Mike

in Benezit Dictionary of Artists

ISBN: 9780199773787
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199899913 | DOI:
Chukwukelu, Mike

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Nigerian, 20th century, male.

Born 1945, in Awkuzu.

Sculptor. Masks.

Mike Chukwukelu creates 'Ijele' masks, highly spiritual pieces celebrating both the Igbo cosmogony and the power of community. His monumental pieces are dispayed on ceremonial occasions and then carefully taken down and stored for use at later solemn events....

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Subjects: Sculpture and Carving ; African Art (Sub-Saharan) ; 20th-Century Art

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