Skin-covered fetish female head
- before 1920 in Africa
West African skin-covered fetish female head. Used in secret societies devoted to the worship of ancestors and the spirit of fertility. Has social and political functions, which vary from tribe to tribe. Worn on top of the head, with fibre veil attached. Used in dances in lieu of fresh skulls. The skin used is generally of goat or antelope.
- Ethnography and Folk Medicine
- Object Number:
- human remains
- Wellcome Trust
Cite this page
We encourage the use and reuse of our collection data.
Data in the title, made, maker and details fields are released under Creative Commons Zero
Descriptions and all other text content are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 licence
Download catalogue entry as json
Download manifest IIIF
Our records are constantly being enhanced and improved, but please note that we cannot guarantee the accuracy of any information shown on this website.