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An Idoma mask, Nigeria | face with strong features painted with kaolin, scarifications on the temples. These masks were said to be employed by secret dance guilds often associated with headhunting societies.

Face masks are worn by dancers during funerals, typical for them are the specific shapes of scarification, open mouth, and smooth coiffure.

Culture and Traditions

Idoma people precedes the history of Benue State (created 1976) and the history of the Republic of Nigeria (created 1960). Oral tradition and dance is the primary method through which history has been passed in Idomaland and is considered a central cultural institution. From a young age, Idoma children usually learn from their elder's stories of old and are brought up around extended families, which make multiple historical resources available.

Donation Details

Kenneth T. Ward donated in the year 1991.


The Appraised Amount is $3,500.00.

Date of Digitization


Contributing Institution

J. B . Coleman Library


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