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Nigerian Dance Crest [Object of the Day #8]

By: Amy Ellsworth

Nigerian Dance Crest
Nigerian Dance Crest

This wooden dance crest of a female head was made in the 20th century by the Ekoi or Ejagham people of Nigeria. A hide covers her face and hair and short nails stud the part above forehead. Five hornlike projections, carved in fluted style, decorate her elaborate braided hairstyle.
Penn Museum Object #82-1-1.

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