Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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animal head headdress
  • unknown Igbo or Onitsha maker
  • animal head headdress, mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Nigeria
  • wood, paint, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 19.5 x 18 x 27.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 7 5/8 x 7 1/16 x 10 13/16 in
  • Anonymous gift
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2935

The headdress depicts the head of an unknown animal. It once had twisted horns that curled downward. The animal has round white eyes and a human-like nose sitting over a snout-like mouth with red lips in a grimace revealing even teeth. The head appears to be mostly black, and there are two oval areas behind the eyes showing that, possibly the horns or ears, have been broken off.