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Janus-faced Dance Crest for Ekeleke Performance

Arts of Africa

MEDIUM Wood, glass mirror, pigment
  • Place Made: Nigeria
  • DATES 20th century
    DIMENSIONS 21 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 8 in. (54.6 x 21.6 x 20.3 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Arts of Africa
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 1990.222.2
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Ruth E. Wilner
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Nupe. Janus-faced Dance Crest for Ekeleke Performance, 20th century. Wood, glass mirror, pigment, 21 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 8 in. (54.6 x 21.6 x 20.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Ruth E. Wilner, 1990.222.2. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE side, 1990.222.2_side.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Janus-faced dance crest with one face colored red, the other white. The two faces surmount a neck which flares at the lower edge to form a disk that would originally have been attached to a basketry headpiece. Atop the head are two disk-like projections, each with a square mirror attached to it. Both disks have traces of red and blue designs. CONDITION: One disk has been broken off and reattached. There is also evidence of a prior repair on the side of the red face.
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    Janus-faced Dance Crest for Ekeleke Performance