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Helmet Mask (ndoli jowei) for Sande Society

Nguabu Masterlate 19th-early 20th century

Brooklyn Museum

Brooklyn Museum
Brooklyn, New York City, United States

Wooden helmet mask of a human head. Its neck is enlarged with rolls of fat. There are holes around the base for attachments. The eyes are coffee bean in shape with slits through their centers. Four verticle scarification marks appear under each eye. The elaborate headress consists of eight flap-like forms secured at the center with a band.The headdress is topped by a mushroom-like ornament with frets and other decorative work.Condition: A vertical crack runs from base of mask to head band at back center and includes a triangular 1 3/4 hole below band.

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