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ID number:  BIRRC-D0008
Institution:  Research and Cultural Collections
Named collection:  Danford Collection of West African Art and Artefacts
Title / Object name:  Dance mask
Object type:  Mask
Culture:  Edo
Materials:  Painted wood with sisal cape.
Measurements:  95 x 24 cm

This elongated dance mask has been made in painted wood and finished off with a fringe of raphia around its neck. The Edo people of Nigeria are divided into specific masquerade societies, meaning that these masks play a central role in spiritual ceremonies, with masks such as these meaning to represent a certain spirit body. It was presented to the Danford Collection by Dr. Robert Bradbury.

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