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9 May 2013

See the Horniman's Ijele mask

Found in the Africa gallery at the Horniman Museum in South East London, the Ijele mask is up to 15 feet high and was created for the Museum by Ichie Ezennay and others from Odawa village in  Nigeria.

The Mask is constructed from bamboo and cane structure is covered with multi-coloured cloths. We are told that the town near Odawa, Achalla, is one of the few in the area to have kings, and hence this Mask is thought to be fit for a king.

For more, see http://www.horniman.ac.uk/object/1999.11

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