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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Masked rituals of Afikpo, the context of an African
Published By: Original publisher
Seattle: Published for the Henry Art Gallery by the
University of Washington Press. . 229 p.,  leaves of plates ill.
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2003. Computer File
Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis.
Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF
Representative art (532);
Adjustment processes (154);
Social personality (156);
Special garments (292);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This source is a synthesis of the author's knowledge of the
masking tradition among the Afikpo. It is an example of the genre of anthropology that
describes art in terms of its cultural context. The description of the use of masks in
their ritual contexts seems very detailed and is quite admirable, although many of the
author's interpretations of psychological and aesthetic factors in the masking tradition
appear to be unsupported and hence should be regarded as speculative. The source also
includes an analysis of styles or types of the Afikpo secret society masks. This is a
listing and description of twelve styles of masks. No hard data, i.e. measurements or
statistical distributions, are presented. We are not even informed how many masks were
examined (although the reader could calculate this information him/herself). It appears
that no hard data were obtained since many of the examples cited were examined only by
photograph. There is no discussion of what is meant by 'type,' 'style,' or 'substyle.'
Hence, the analysis of styles appears to be quite eclectic and impressionistic. It is the
least satisfying part of the book.
Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents
Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits.
Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs.
Language: Language that the document is written in
[published in connection with an exhibition shown at
the Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, May 24-June 21, 1975] Includes
bibliographical references (p. 223-225) and index Category 541 was used for 'masquerades'
and masked rituals.
Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document
Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data
Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection.
Marlene Martin ; 1981
Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date).
Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site)
Afikpo Village-Group, southeastern
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Igbo (African people)