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Mask of the Dead

Covered with actual skin from slaves, this mask was carried like a flag on a pole by the medicine man of the Ekoi tribe of Cameroon, Africa, during funerals.

Created as a representation of the deceased, the mask was believed to inherit the virtues of the person it resembled, and was worshiped by the deceased's murderer's relatives.

From the Ripley's Odditorium in Williamsburg, Virginia - Thanks Scott!

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