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Face Mask (Elu)

Artist/Maker: Ogoni people (Nigeria)

Date: not dated
Medium: wood and paint
Overall: 8 1/4 x 5 3/8 x 4 1/8 in. (21 x 13.7 x 10.5 cm)
Classification: Clothing, Accessories and Jewelry
Credit Line: Gift of Alan Potamkin
Object number: 2012.2.16
DescriptionIf this mask's headgear is a policeman's cap, as it seems to be, then it represents an important, colonial-era or later character very appropriate to the regulatory function of the masquerade performance. The white face indicates it is a spirit (elu). It has the hinged lower jar characteristic of Ogoni masks and puppets.
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