X76.1841 Mask of a man with a ‘house’

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Mask of a man with a ‘house’
Nigeria
Ogoni peoples
Wood, fiber, cord, and pigment
H: 27.9 cm, W: 13.0 cm, D: 11.0 cm (H: 10.9 in, W: 5.1 in, D: 4.3 in)
Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of Mrs. W. Thomas Davis, in memory of W. Thomas Davis. X76.1841

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The structure atop this typically Ogoni face–a small house or perhaps a shrine with chevron designs on three sides–was probably intended to indicate membership in Amanikpo or Nkoo Societies, both of which had special meeting houses.

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 274

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