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Headdress in the Form of a Female Figure (Ogbom)

early 20th century

Wood from the Apocynaceae tree family

27 × 6 1/4 × 6 3/4 in. (68.58 × 15.88 × 17.15 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James M. Osborn for the Linton Collection of African Art
1954.28.14
Geography: 
Ozuitem, Nigeria
Culture: 
Igbo or Ibibio
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Masks
Provenance: 

Collected in 1939 by Jack S. Harris near Umuahia, Nigeria, and said to have been carved by an Ibibio
Dr. Ralph Linton, Sterling Professor of Anthropology at Yale, by 1950–1953
Mr. and Mrs. James M. Osborn donated to Yale University Art Gallery for the Linton Collection of African Art in 1954

Bibliography: 

Ralph Linton, The Linton Collection of African Sculpture: An Exhibition, March 13 through April 18, 1954, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1954), no. 47, ill.

Herbert M. Cole and Chike C. Aniakor, Igbo Arts: Community and Cosmos (Los Angeles, CA: Fowler Museum at UCLA, 1984), 175, fig. 292.

Herbert M. Cole, Igbo (Milan: 5 Continents Editions, 2013), 135, fig. 46.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.