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Head crest in elephant form (ogbodo enyi)

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This type of mask called ogbodo enyi (spirit elephant) refers to the strength and endurance of this majestic animal. Elephants feature prominently in the thought of many African peoples and are often associated with political and spiritual power. In northeastern Igbo country, male members of...

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June, 1979, collected in Doula, Cameroon and acquired by Charles Davis, Primitive Man Gallery, New Orleans; July 16, 1979, sold by Primitive Man Gallery to William and Bertha Teel, Marblehead, MA; 1992, gift of William and Bertha Teel to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 23, 1992)

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Gift of William E. and Bertha L. Teel

African, Igbo peoples, Nigeria, 20th century


52.1 cm (20 1/2 in.)

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Wood and pigment


Africa and Oceania