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Object Number: 63-7-1
Current Location: Africa Gallery
Currently On Display
Provenience: Liberia
Materials:Hornbill Feather
Height: 62cm
Credit Line:Exchange with Allen Davis, 1963


Grotesque human head of grey clay with headdress of many upright "chicken" feathers with two bands of cotton cloth binding around base of feathers. Shelf-like forehead ornamented with 4 crescent shaped pieces of shell below 8 projecting spikes; 4 smaller similar spikes on under side of ledge above eyes represented by two insert brass discs; somewhat asymmetrical nose with three metal discs below; white ceramic disc on each cheek; large ears; two sets of tusks extending towards nose, the larger set from just above the ears, the smaller just below. Open mouth with six large shell teeth. Inside of lower lip and the circular sections on forehead painted red. Tuft of hair at each cheek; feather pendant from mouth. Flat base.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

African Gallery (1982 - 1986)View Objects in Exhibition
African Gallery (1987 - 1994)View Objects in Exhibition
African Gallery ( Aug 1995)View Objects in Exhibition


[Article] Plass, Margaret. 1964. The Fetish That Knew Too Much. Expedition: The Magazine of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. 7 (1): 30-31. : Page/Fig./Plate: 30View Objects cited in this Publication

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