17 UMMA Objects
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Wooden helmet-shaped mask with a large central dome. From the front two flat plates form a mouth, with triangular ears on each side while two curved horns extend back. There is a crack along the center of the mask that appears to have been repaired locally with pitch or tar.
Chamba (Chamba (Nigerian))
1900 – 1974
Museum Purchase

Senufo (Senufo (culture or style))
Kore Society Hyena Mask
1900 – 1971
Museum Purchase assisted by the Friends of the Museum of Art
A massive wood-carved headdress with stylized face (showing classic Yoruba features) of bulging eyes with defined upper lids, long, straight, triangular nose, symmetrical scarification patterns consisting of three horizontal lines on each cheek, and a short beard from ear to ear just underneath the lower lip. Two large “ears” protrude on either side of head and act as “scaffolding” for numerous attachments of symbolic content: birds and lions predominate, but also visible are amulets, wooden claws and beads, crosses, and an insignia shield of some kind. The ears terminate in two oblong mirrors with lions leaping off of each. Layers of pigment are visible, giving the impression that it has been repainted over time.
Workshop of Adugbologe
Egúngún headdress
1945 – 1955
Gift of the Edward H. Eliscu Family
A basket woven in the form of a box with the middle protruding out to form a circular disk. On the top of the box the weaving forms a diamond pattern. There are several strands of fiber attached to the disk portion of the basket. There is a piece of wood attached to the end of the fiber. 
Kuba (Kuba (Democratic Republic of Congo style))
1945 – 1955
Museum Purchase
Circular mask with a round face in the center and a circular superstructrure. The eyes are cresent-shaped and the forehead and outer edge of the face are raised. The edge of the mask is decorated with alternating semi-circles in yellow and black pigment. The face of the mask is yellow with a dark marquise shaped mark in the center of the forehead. Above the central face is an open circle intersected by a vertical bar decorated with a spiral design. At the very top of the circle is a diamond-shaped projection. 
Eket;Ibibio (Ibibio)
1900 – 1983
Gift of Dale E. Rice
A wooden mask with zoomorphic features. The mouth is in the form of open, elongated lips. The eyes are formed by white triangular projections with small central knobs. Behind the eyes, at the back of the head, are two pointed projections that curve slightly inward. 
Mambila (Mambila (culture or style))
1950 – 1999
Bequest of the Estate of Pamela Anne Seevers
Standing male figure on a round base with its hands at the sides and a triangular pendant on the front and back of the chest. The pendant is also on the sides of the hair, which is tall, topped by two small triangles, and coated in blue pigment. 
Yoruba (Yoruba (culture or style))
Male twin figure
1900 – 1978
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Weston
Standing female figure with hands at the sides on a round base. There is a pattern of small triangles around the pelvic region and brass bracelets around the wrists. Around the waist and neck are strings of multicolored beads. On each cheek there are three vertical grooves and the hair is in a conical shape with multiple patterns of geometric lines. 
Yoruba (Yoruba (culture or style))
Female Twin Figure
20th century
Gift of Dr. James and Vivian Curtis
Wooden standing figure with one foot missing. There are two strings of beads around the neck and the face is painted white. The eyes, nose, and mouth are detailed with black pigment. The hair is black with an incised grid-like pattern. 
Igbo (Igbo (Southern Nigerian style, culture))
Standing Figure
20th century
Gift of Dr. Daniel and Sandra Mato

Gift of Dr. Daniel and Sandra Mato

Punu (Punu)
Gift of Robert B. Jacobs
Life-sized seated female figure holding a child. Face has rounded, high forehead, ovoid eyes, flat, rectangular nose and protruding, open ovoid mouth. Pigmented, bilateral scarification patterns of forehead, temples and jowls, at back of neck. Scarification also on upper arms and breast. Pigmented coiffure is elaborate with triangular and dome-like shapes. Necklace and hoop-like ring carved in relief onto neck and shoulders; figure has protruding navel, wears anklets and armlet at elbow, and holds a baby suckling at left breast.
Akpojivi of Orhokpokpo
Shrine Figure
1900 – 1950
Gift of Robert and Lillian Montalto Bohlen