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A mask of the Kpelie type used in dances during the three-day funerals and other
A mask of the Kpelie type used in dances during the three-day funerals and other
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A selection of masks of the Kpelie type used in funerals and other ceremonies of
A selection of masks of the Kpelie type used in funerals and other ceremonies of
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Ceremonial spoon
Ceremonial spoon
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Toma mask representing a mythical bird, used at initiations, funerals and other
Toma mask representing a mythical bird, used at initiations, funerals and other
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Toma mask, known as Landai and representing a mythical bird, used at initiations
Toma mask, known as Landai and representing a mythical bird, used at initiations
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Often called minsereh, a corruption of min si le, the Sherbro word for spirits
Often called minsereh, a corruption of min si le, the Sherbro word for spirits
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These masks are worn by senior female officials, sowei, of a society known as Sande among the Mende
These masks are worn by senior female officials, sowei, of a society known as Sande among the Mende
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Figures in this style are known in Mende as kambei and belong to female diviners
Figures in this style are known in Mende as kambei and belong to female diviners
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A mask known as Gongoli, used by official of the womens society, Sande, during
A mask known as Gongoli, used by official of the womens society, Sande, during
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Detail of one of a pair of brass staffs, known as edan ogboni which served
Detail of one of a pair of brass staffs, known as edan ogboni which served
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These headpieces were attached to a basketry cap and held in place by a leather strap
These headpieces were attached to a basketry cap and held in place by a leather strap
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Head hunting was an important aspect of masculine status among the Ejagham
Head hunting was an important aspect of masculine status among the Ejagham
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Head hunting was an important aspect of masculine status among the Ejagham Featured Image

Head hunting was an important aspect of masculine status among the Ejagham

Head hunting was an important aspect of masculine status among the Ejagham. It is suggested that these masks were introduced to replace dances with captured heads following the imposition of colonial rule. Attainment of the highest grade in some men's societies was dependent on having taken a head. Country of Origin: Nigeria.. Culture: Ejagham (formerly Ekoi).. Date/Period: 20th C. Place of Origin: East Nigerian coast. Material Size: Wood, antelope skin, human hair. Credit Line: Werner Forman Archive / Courtesy Entwistle Gallery, London. Location: 10

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House emblem of an Ejagham Ekpe association, a male grade society widespread in eastern
House emblem of an Ejagham Ekpe association, a male grade society widespread in eastern
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A janiform mask used in the Ekpo (ancestor spirit) secret society which formerly
A janiform mask used in the Ekpo (ancestor spirit) secret society which formerly
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Bronze male figure, known as Onile representing one of the owners of the land
Bronze male figure, known as Onile representing one of the owners of the land
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The Ekpo society, widespread throughout eastern Nigeria, used masquerades in dances
The Ekpo society, widespread throughout eastern Nigeria, used masquerades in dances
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Bronze male and female figures representing the owners of the land
Bronze male and female figures representing the owners of the land
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Brass staff, known as edan ogboni which served as insignia for the senior men
Brass staff, known as edan ogboni which served as insignia for the senior men
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Paired brass staffs, known as edan ogboni which served as insignia for the senior men
Paired brass staffs, known as edan ogboni which served as insignia for the senior men
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Bronze female figure, known as Onile representing one of the owners of the land
Bronze female figure, known as Onile representing one of the owners of the land
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An ukiyo-e print of a ninja making a secret finger sign
An ukiyo-e print of a ninja making a secret finger sign
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Portrait of a man making a secret ninja finger sign
Portrait of a man making a secret ninja finger sign
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Morea
Morea
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A coastal lagoon, Raiatea
A coastal lagoon, Raiatea
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The Ekpo society, widespread throughout eastern Nigeria, used masquerades in dances Featured Image

The Ekpo society, widespread throughout eastern Nigeria, used masquerades in dances

The Ekpo society, widespread throughout eastern Nigeria, used masquerades in dances to honour ancestors and as a means of social control. This mask was probably intended to terrify the non-initiated - it depicts a leper's face surmounted by a skull. Country of Origin: Nigeria. Culture: Ibibio. Date/Period: 20th C. Place of Origin: Nigeria. Material Size: Wood. Credit Line: Werner Forman Archive / Courtesy Entwistle Gallery, London. Location: 10

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Mount Pahia, Bora Bora
Mount Pahia, Bora Bora
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A coastal lagoon, Bora Bora
A coastal lagoon, Bora Bora
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Votive painting of a tengu , a winged, long-nosed goblin
Votive painting of a tengu , a winged, long-nosed goblin
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Raiatea
Raiatea
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Taputapuatea, the most sacred marae, temple site, in all Polynesia
Taputapuatea, the most sacred marae, temple site, in all Polynesia
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Side-bladed knife
Side-bladed knife
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A coin of the Assassins
A coin of the Assassins
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A finger mask or dance fan held in the hand by women during dance entertainments
A finger mask or dance fan held in the hand by women during dance entertainments
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Sometimes called passport masks, these miniature masks in fact had a
Sometimes called passport masks, these miniature masks in fact had a
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Drum in the form of a kneeling woman with an offering bowl
Drum in the form of a kneeling woman with an offering bowl
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Morea
Morea
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Feast in the castle park, 1624
Feast in the castle park, 1624
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A finger mask or dance fan held in the hand by women during dance entertainments Featured Image

A finger mask or dance fan held in the hand by women during dance entertainments

A finger mask or dance fan held in the hand by women during dance entertainments in which they would encircle a masked male performer. Women, who danced with respectfully downcast eyes, alluded to the eyes of the fans as seeing for them. May represents the moon spirit. Country of Origin: USA-Alaska. Culture: Eskimo. Place of Origin: Alaska. Material Size: Wood. Credit Line: Werner Forman Archive/ Private collection . Location: 19

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Lady on a swing
Lady on a swing
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Amusement in park
Amusement in park
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Gustavian Style Interior with a Musical Party, 1779
Gustavian Style Interior with a Musical Party, 1779
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Distinguished Dinner Company in an Interior, 1631
Distinguished Dinner Company in an Interior, 1631
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A Musical Party
A Musical Party
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A Merry Company
A Merry Company
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A Company Bather in a Park
A Company Bather in a Park
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Merry Company, 1622
Merry Company, 1622
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Musical amusement, 1665
Musical amusement, 1665
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Matinee musicale, 1895-1900
Matinee musicale, 1895-1900
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Family Picnic
Family Picnic
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Two elegant ladies, 1910
Two elegant ladies, 1910
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