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African Art

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
Country Umuahia, Abia, Guinea Coast, Nigeria
Not on view
Igbo or Ibibio
20th century

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, unknown date–1953
Mr. and Mrs. James M. Osborn donated to Yale University Art Gallery for the Linton Collection of African Art in 1954


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.

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