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    Afo (Nigeria)
    Helmet Headdress
    Wood, pigment,seeds
    Height: 12 3/4 inches Width: 6 3/4 inches DEpth: 8 3/4 inches

    Along the Benue River somewhat east of where it and the Niger join, live several relatively small sculpture-producing groups whose styles show both the close proximity in which they live and the results of trading. Although given to the Afo, the small faces of this helmet headdress have qualities reminiscent of the Idoma and Igala. The overarching, snouted creature with seed eyes shows a kinship with one on an Afo headdress illustrated by Werner Gillon. (Werner Gillon. Collecting African Art. New York: Rizzoli,1980, p.82, fig.89.)
    Many of the seeds have been lost, and there are age cracks and losses on the helmet proper.

    Provenance: Thomas D. Slater, Dallas


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    June, 2007
    7th Thursday
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