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Lunar Face Mask

Artist/Maker: Eket people (Nigeria)

Date: ca. 1960
Medium: wood and paint
Overall: 8 5/8 x 8 1/4 x 2 5/8 in. (21.9 x 21 x 6.7 cm)
Classification: Clothing, Accessories and Jewelry
Credit Line: Gift of Professor and Mrs. Robert R. Ferens
Object number: 91.0055
DescriptionThis Lunar Face Mask is worn in the Abubom performance honoring a female creation deity, or "Great Mother." The round frame represents the full moon, and the crescents on its surface may represent the phases of the moon. Other subgroupds of the Ibibio use a lumar mask similar to this example, as do some of the Igbo groups.
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