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Figure of a human head on a base covered with cowrie shells. The cowrie shells are covered in blue pigment and two strings of cowrie shells hang off the back and side of the figure. There is leather wrapped around the neck of the figure. The head of the figure, carved out of wood, has pointed ears and a conical hairstyle decorated with geometric patterns and lines. 
Yoruba (Yoruba (culture or style))
Figure
1901 – 1999
Gift of Candis and Helmut Stern
2005/1.247
Red clay vessel in the form of a rounded cylinder with the upper portion in the form of a face. The eyes are cowrie shells set into the clay, while the nose is broad and the mouth underneath is thin. Small semi-circular ears protrude from the each side of the face. The vessel is topped by a circular rim, the back portion of which is missing. 
Yoruba (Yoruba (culture or style))
Vessel
1890 – 1920
Gift of Dr. James and Vivian Curtis
2000/2.107
A hand-held staff with a short cylindrical handle, topped by a kneeling female figure. The figure is holding two rectangular objects in both hands and is wearing a string of beads around her neck. The hair is in a tri-lobal shape with a curved protrusion at the top. A portion of the protrusion may have been broken off.  
Yoruba (Yoruba (culture or style))
Staff
1950 – 1999
Gift and partial purchase from the estate of Kurt Delbanco in honor of Nicholas Delbanco
2017/1.668
Wooden mask with a superstructure of curling horns with blue pigment. The face of the mask is white and the mouth is open with pointed teeth. Attached below the mouth is a panel of fur, possibly monkey fur. The forehead is dark in color while there is blue pigment above each eye. On each side of the head are possible animal figures or horns, while atop the forehead sits another set of horns or hairstyle that points downward, carved with a spiral design. 
Igbo (Igbo (Southern Nigerian style, culture))
Mask
1900 – 1978
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Weston
1978/2.14
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