mask; pectoral mask

The ownership of this object was transferred to Nigeria’s National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM) in November 2022.

A pendant mask (Uhunmwu-Ẹkuẹ). Benin City. It depicts a face with what appears to be a collar. The face is depicted wearing a coral bead headdress, typically worn by the Oba. Made by Igun Eronmwon guildmembers (bronze and brass casters).

Chiefs still wear masks like this on the left hip as costume ornaments at palace ceremonies. They are part of the insignia of chieftaincy. The face is depicted wearing a coral bead headdress, typically worn by the Oba.

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