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Efe headdress

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This headdress from the Ketu region, representing a male warrior, and similar masks performed during efe, the nighttime portion of gelede. The turban-style head wrap identifies the masker as Muslim. The artist has carved machetes (large heavy knives), at both sides of the headdress. A crescent...

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Provenance

By 1985, Mr. Omar, Cambridge, MA; 1985, sold by Omar to Geneviève McMillan, Cambridge, MA; gift of McMillan to MFA. (Accession Date: June 17, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

African, Yoruba peoples, Republic of Benin, 20th century, 1950–2000

Object Place

Republic of Benin

Dimensions

Overall: 27.5 x 32 x 33.5 cm (10 13/16 x 12 5/8 x 13 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

2009.2719

Medium or Technique

Wood and pigment

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Sculpture