Dance Headdress

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Dance headdress, late 19th century
African, Nigeria, Efut territory, Ekoi people
Wood covered with animal skin, bone teeth and metal inset eyes

Donated by Dr Peter Rattray, 1913
Museum number 1913-137-153

This cap mask is set on a small inverted basket which allowed it to be worn on top of the head. It was made for use by the Egbebe women’s fattening-house guild as part of rituals connected with initiation and funeral ceremonies.

Dance Headdress
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