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Face mask (elu)

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The Idoma, along with the Edo (Okpella), and Igala, occupy the hilly grasslands north of the Niger River delta. Elu masks, such as this one, can be found amongst a number of social groups that occupy the area near the delta. Danced by junior members of all-male secret societies, these masks are...

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2009, gift of Geneviève McMillan, Cambridge, MA; to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 17, 2009)

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Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

African, Nigeria, Ogoni peoples, 20th century

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Overall: 23 x 14.5 x 9 cm (9 1/16 x 5 11/16 x 3 9/16 in.)

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wood, paint, cord for hinges


Africa and Oceania