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ID number:  BIRRC-D0009
Institution:  Research and Cultural Collections
Named collection:  The Danford Collection of West African Art and Artefacts
Artist / Maker:  Unknown
Title / Object name:  Twin-headed dance mask
Object type:  Mask
Place made:  Ikot Ekpene, S.E. Nigeria
Culture:  Ibibio
Materials:  Painted wood
Measurements:  37 x 19 x 11 cm
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This double headed mask demonstrates formalised hair and facial features. The wood has been painted with red, yellow and black.

This mask resembles those made by the Anang Ibibio, those living in the western part of the Ibibio region of Nigeria. It was originally lent to the University of Birmingham by John Danford.

Notes:  John Danford spent the majority of his professional life working for the British Council in West Africa. He spent 11 years as the representative in Ibadan, Nigeria, his arts education providing him with the insight to encourage and develop the arts in Nigeria. For his achievements in this area he was awarded an OBE in 1953. He occupied three further posts in Trinidad, Manchester and Sierra Leone before illness forced him into retirement. In 1964 a large portion of his West African arts collection was loaned to the University of Birmingham before being purchased in 1975, forming the nucleus of the Danford Collection of West African Art and Artefacts.

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