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“House of the Head” shrine (ile-ori)

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By the early 1980s, sold by Nimaga, California to Dr. Jeffrey and Deborah Stokes Hammer; mid 1990s sold by Deborah Stokes Hammer to Drs. Gladys and James Strain, New York; 2007, gift of Drs. James and Gladys Strain and Dr. Jamie P. Strain to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 31, 2007)

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Gift of Drs. James and Gladys Strain and Dr. James P. Strain

African, Nigeria, Yoruba peoples, mid-20th century


Overall: 62 x 24 x 24 cm (24 7/16 x 9 7/16 x 9 7/16 in.)

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Cloth, leather, cowrie, string, mirrors


Africa and Oceania