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Memorial screen (duen fubara)

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Early contact with Europeans introduced carpentry skills that may have been appropriated by the Ijaw Kalabari in large memorial screens called duein fubara (foreheads of the dead). Commissioned by great trading families, these consist of marionette-like wood figures with separately attached arms...

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September, 1990, collected in Buguma, Nigeria, and acquired by by Charles Davis, Davis Gallery, New Orleans; October, 1990, sold by Davis Gallery to William and Bertha Teel, Marblehead, MA; 1996, gift of William and Bertha Teel to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 18, 1996)

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Gift of William E. and Bertha L. Teel

African, Ijaw Kalabari peoples, Nigeria, late 19th century


93.98 cm (37 in.)

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Wood, pigments, fiber


Africa and Oceania