X79.81 Mask with manilla

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Mask with manilla
Ogoni peoples
Wood, stick, fiber, and pigment
H: 20.6 cm, W: 12.0 cm (H: 8.1 in, W: 4.7 in)
Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Jon Herman. X79.81


This mask displays a manilla, a type of metal currency that once circulated in the region, on its headdress. The motif still suggests prosperity, and it may have identified a trader or well-to-do person.

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 299