Nice encrusted Mangan Bushcow crest mask - Middle Benue Valley Region - Nigeria
South of the Jos plateau, the northernmost part of the Middle Benue Valley Region, headdresses such as this example are collectively identified as Mangam. Worn during events directed at securing agricultural success, promoting healing, and marking rites of passage, they were part of a ritual complex bearing the same name.
Heigth 26 cm.
Wood and a lot of encrusted patina from sacrifice and libations
Second half of the 20th Century
Good condition for its age and use; very nice patina