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Face Mask (Elu)

Artist/Maker: Ogoni people (Nigeria)

Date: not dated
Medium: wood and paint
Overall: 7 5/8 x 5 1/2 x 4 1/2 in. (19.4 x 14 x 11.4 cm)
Classification: Clothing, Accessories and Jewelry
Credit Line: Gift of Alan Potamkin
Object number: 2012.2.15
DescriptionThe best-known type of Ogoni mask is like this one: very small, barely covering the wearer's face, with delicate features, an up-turned nose, and full, flaring lips. The entire lower portion of the face is slashes through across the lips from one side of the face to the other; it drops open to reveal a row of teeth made from split cane. The masks represent spirits (elu) and appear at a variety of masquerades.
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