Skin-covered fetish female head

Made:
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.

Details

Category:
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Object Number:
A32577
Materials:
coiffure, wood, eyes, zinc, head, skin, teeth, bone
type:
human remains
taxonomy:
credit:
Wellcome Trust

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