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Object Number: AF3661
Current Location: Africa Gallery
Currently On Display
Provenience: Nigeria
Height: 47cm
Credit Line:Purchased from W. O. Oldman, 1912
Other Number24223 - Dealer's Number


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.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

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


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

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