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Where at Disney Parks Can You Find… Jul. 19, 2010

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

16-foot ljele mask

There’s a stunning example of African art located at the Walt Disney World Resort that’s hard to miss if you’ve been anywhere near it. It’s a mask that stands 16 feet tall and is eight feet wide. And what’s really unique about it is that it’s one of the first of its kind to leave Nigeria. We’ve posted a tight image of it above. Do you know what it is and where it’s located? (answer after the jump)

Far shot of the 16-foot Ijele mask in the lobby of Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

Yes, you’re correct. The massive 16-foot Igbo Ijele mask is a “must see” in the lobby of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. The Ijele, created by the Igbo people of Nigeria, is “danced” by a single man hidden within. But it’s only danced every 10 to 25 years at important celebrations or events. No other Ijele is known to exist outside of Igbo land. Pretty interesting, huh?


  • I love Animal Kingdom Lodge, especially the new Kidani Village!I will be there again in 4 weeks!

  • Lots of cool artwork at Animal Kingdom.

  • Wow that is weird.

  • I am SO happy my family is going to finally see (at least eat a meal at) the Animal Kingdom Lodge this December. My parents just got back from a trip and stayed at the lodge and could not stop raving about it. I am thrilled to be able to see this piece in person.

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