X73.382 Mask of a woman with a local hairstyle

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Mask of a woman with a local hairstyle
Nigeria
Ogoni
Wood
H: 19.69 cm, W: 17.78 cm (H: 7.7 in, W: 7 in)
Fowler Museum at UCLA. Museum Purchase. X73.382

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Description

This carved wooden mask has an articulated jaw that can be opened to reveal sticklike teeth. This mask probably represents a beautiful young maiden who has completed initiation and is ready for marriage. Her hair is elaborately coiffed in spiraling braids.

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 279

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