Brass cast hip mask. With three small faces attached to chin and an arm and clenched hand from just below either ear. Above each ear is a four-branched prong, from which, on the left side only, drapes a cord of cast bead shapes. Wearing latticed headress or hair. With cast hole for hanging on back top and bottom
39 Ethnographic specimens from Nigeria (see PDF 'R4689_Acc Register List') for all objects.
Accession register images; dmas_rgregb_1948_d04.tif and dmas_rgregb_1948_d11.tif and dmas_rgregb_1948_d12.tif.
Hip masks would be worn by high-ranking officials or chiefs in Benin over a tie-on costume at the left hip.
Accession register (dmas_rgregb_1948_d11.tif) Modern copy in brass of Benin JUJU mask. Lattice head-dress: Three human heads beneath chin: clenched fists projecting downwards from each cheek. Height 6 1/2 inches. Benin, S.Nigeria
Charles Grey additional info: birth 26/06/1880, death 12/12/1957. 4th Baronet of Fallodon. Son of Harry George Grey and Charlotte Cockburn Grey. Left no heir so this brother Sir Harry Martin Grey, became 5th Baronet, of Fallodon. Medic in West Africa.