West African skin-covered fetish female head.
4 0 c m
 
30cm
actual image size: 22cm x 32cm

West African skin-covered fetish female head.

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Description

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 fo fresh skulls. The skin used is generally of goar or antelope.
 

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10474723
 

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