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Fetish

Object Number:
63-7-1
Current Location:
Culture:
Dan
Provenience:
Liberia
Section:
African
Materials:
Hornbill Feather
Tooth
Wood
Description:
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.
Credit Line:
Exchange with Allen Davis

Current & Past Exhibitions:

African Gallery (1982 - 1986)
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African Gallery (1987 - 1994)
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African Gallery ( Aug 1995)
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Bibliography:

[Article] Plass, Margaret. 1964. The Fetish That Knew Too Much. Expedition. 7 (1): 30-31. : Page/Fig./Plate: 30
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