X67.607a,b Female puppet

<< Back


Female puppet
Ibibio peoples
Wood, pigment, and beads
H: 66.0 cm, W: 19.20 cm, D: 16.50 cm (H: 25.9 in, W: 7.5 in, D: 6.4 in)
Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of the Wellcome Trust. X67.607a,b


The elaborate coiffure, ornaments, and body painting seen on this puppet indicate that it is intended to represent another young female initiate poised at the threshold of marriage and motherhood.

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 296