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Mask

Object Number:
AF3661
Current Location:
Africa Gallery
Culture:
Ijo
Provenience:
Nigeria
Section:
African
Materials:
Wood
Pigment
Iconography:
Cicatrisation
Description:
Narrow face (whitened); elaborate headdress with high crest. Three projecting pieces on each side; star on forehead. See AF 5371. Representing the spirit of a girl prepared for marriage wearing the appropriate headdress, the ground-work of which is the hair of the wearer, plastered with a mixture of clay, charcoal and oil. The masker speaks with the voice of the spirit--his own, disguised by passing through a reed covered with a vibrating membrane.
Credit Line:
Purchased from W. O. Oldman
Other Number:
24223   -   Field No SF

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Evocative Images: African Sculpture from the University Museum (Traveling version of "African Sculpture from the University Museum") ( Sep 1988 - Apr 1990)
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African Gallery ( Aug 1995)
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African Sculpture from the University Museum (22 Nov 1986 - 08 Feb 1987)
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Bibliography:

[Catalogue] Wardwell, Allen. 1986. African Sculpture from the University Museum, University of Pennsylvania. : Page/Fig./Plate: 72
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[Journal] Hall, Henry U. "Fetish Figures of Equatorial Africa" Vol.: Vol. XI, No. 1. : Page/Fig./Plate: 46-47
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