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ID number:  BIRRC-D0196
Institution:  Research and Cultural Collections
Named collection:  Danford Collection of West African Art and Artefacts
Title / Object name:  Dance mask
Object type:  Mask
Place made:  Ikot-Ekpene, S.E. Nigeria
Culture:  Ibibio
Date made:  1950s
Collector:  Lidderdale, Halliday Adair
Materials:  Light coloured wood
Measurements:  27 x 7 x 8 cm
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Although this light coloured Ibibio mask was made for sale to Europeans, it is possibly representative of an 'mfon' mask or daytime mask. These are often painted white or yellow and are often used in burials to represent the spirit of the dead person transgressing to paradise. It was lent to the Danford Collection by H. A. Lidderdale in 1968 and was acquired by bequest in 1992.

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