From: Nigeria

Curatorial Section: African

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Object Number AF3661
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Ijo
Provenience Nigeria
Section African
Materials Wood | Pigment
Iconography Cicatrisation

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.

Height 47 cm
Credit Line Purchased from W. O. Oldman, 1912
Other Number 24223 - Dealer's Number

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