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ID number:  BIRRC-D0139
Institution:  Research and Cultural Collections
Named collection:  Danford Collection of West African Art and Artefacts
Title / Object name:  Horned mask
Object type:  Mask
Place made:  Benin, Mid. W. Nigeria
Culture:  Edo
Collector:  Lidderdale, Halliday Adair
Materials:  Dark hardwood
Measurements:  36 x 16 cm

This wooden mask originates from modern Edo society and has been carved for sale to Europeans. However, masks play an important role in Edo ritual society. As with many masquerade cultures in Africa, masks in Edo represent the presence of a spirit, with different masks being used to represent different types of spirit. It was lent to the Danford Collection by H.A. Lidderdale in 1968 and was acquired by bequest in 1992.

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