10 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
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

Punu (Punu)
Gift of Robert B. Jacobs
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

Gift of Dr. Daniel and Sandra Mato
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
Wooden mask in the form of a female head. The face has traces of white pigment and the lips, nose, eyebrows, and chin are defined with black pigment. There are three small dots in a column on each side of the face. The hair is decorated with spiral designs. Four conical protrusions topped with knobs form the crest of the hairstyle, while four spiral cones curve down from the crest on either side of the head; the two closest to the front on each side are connected at the bottom.
Igbo (Igbo (Southern Nigerian style, culture))
20th century
Gift of Susan B. and John F. Ullrich

Baulé (Baule (culture))
20th century
Gift of Dr. James and Vivian Curtis