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Creator Nationality: Africa, Nigeria, Idoma, Otobi area, early 20th Century
Creator Name-CRT: Africa, Nigeria, Idoma, Otobi area, early 20th Century
Title: Headdress in the Form of a Human Head (Agringa)
Title Type: Primary
Creation Start Date: 1895
Creation End Date: 1905
Creation Date: c. 1900
Object Type: Sculpture
Classification Term: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: wood, hair, and pigment
Dimensions: Overall: 20.4cm x 17.8cm x 16.2cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1964.444
Credit Line: James Albert and Mary Gardiner Ford Memorial Fund
Provenance: M. Sainsbury, Bath
Style or Period: Africa, Nigeria, Idoma, Otobi area, early 20th Century
Context: This was used in masked performances of the Agrinya society, a powerful guild formerly restricted to men who had killed an elephant, lion, or man. The white pigment connotes the realm of the ancestors, while the aggressive expression of the face seems to suggest the courage of Agrinya society members.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1964.444
AMICA Library Year: 2003
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