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ID number:  BIRRC-D0015
Institution:  Research and Cultural Collections
Named collection:  Danford Collection of West African Art and Artefacts
Artist / Maker:  Bandele, son of Areogun
Title / Object name:  Helmet dance mask
Object type:  Mask
Place made:  Oye Ekiti, W. Nigeria
Culture:  Yoruba
Materials:  Wood
Measurements:  138 cm tall
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This wooden carved head piece represents an Oba on horseback, wearing the beaded dress of the Ogboni society and accompanied by retainers. Oba is a Yoruba river goddess and was the only legitimate wife of Shango, the god of lightning. The carver of this piece, George Bandele, was Father Kevin Carroll's chief carver and a famous sculptor of Opin. It was collected in 1952 and was lent to the Danford Collection by J.Danford in 1964. It was purchased in 1975.

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