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Face Mask (Elu)

Artist/Maker: Ogoni people (Nigeria)

Date: not dated
Medium: wood and paint
Overall: 7 1/8 x 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 in. (18.1 x 11.4 x 11.4 cm)
Classification: Clothing, Accessories and Jewelry
Credit Line: Gift of Alan Potamkin
Object number: 2012.2.17
DescriptionThis spirit (elu) mask with articulated jaw is used in social regulatory masquerades in Ogoni villages. It is one of the stereotypical characters that embody, among other things, desirable social goals. With its derby hat, this mask suggests the ideal of accumulation of wealth in the modern world.
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