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The figurative handle with metal inlaid eyes a pokerwork open mouth and scarification to each cheek wearing a distinctive male initiates mud coiffure
Size: 90cm long – 35½ ins long
The head of this staff has a coiffure that relates to the mud hairstyles adopted by young male initiates among the Ntwane. It consists of a mixture of clay and animal fat, which is rubbed into the head and shaped to form a helmet-like structure.