X65.9036 Female puppet

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Female puppet
Ibibio peoples
Wood and pigment
H: 49.5 cm, W: 16.5 cm, D: 17.0 cm (W: 19.48 in, W: 6.49 in, D: 6.69 in)
Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of the Wellcome Trust. X65.9036


Although her grimace gives her a more forbidding appearance than the character seen in the “Mask of a foreigner,” this puppet also represents a young girl who has completed initiation rites and is ready for marriage.

Source: Anderson, Martha G. and Peek, Philip M. ed. (2002): “Ways of the Rivers: Arts and Environment of the Niger Delta”‚ Los Angeles, UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History. page 293