X86.4691 Head fragment

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Head fragment (beji)
Tula peoples
Before 1970
Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of Arnold Rubin. X86.4691
Collected by Arnold Rubin, Tula Wange, 1970


This relatively naturalistic head once topped a beer vessel (beji) displayed by the Tula in a ritual precinct where it could be used in ceremonies to protect hunters. The restrained quality of the faces on Tula vessels contrasts with the more extroverted aspect of those made by the Jen, Longuda, and Cham-Mwana.

Source: Gallery Wall Text, Central Nigeria Unmasked: Arts of the Benue River Valley, 2011