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Mask

Accession Number
1983/2.185

Title
Mask

Artist(s)

Object Creation Date
1900-1983

Medium & Support
wood

Dimensions
14 3/16 in x 7 5/16 in x 8 1/4 in (36.04 cm x 18.57 cm x 20.96 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Prof. and Mrs. Horace M. Miner

Subject matter
Though the beard-like chin and grooves along the forehead of this mask suggest it could possibly have been created by Igala peoples, the shape of mask, which is to be worn on the face, possible light color, and the facial marks near each eye could mean an Igbo or Idoma origin for this mask, as both have a history of using light or white-faced masks, often representing young women. As Igbo peoples share a border with both Igala and Idoma peoples, masking traditions and mask forms have moved throughout this region. 

References Cited: 
Cole, Herbert M. 2012. Invention and Tradition: The Art of Southeastern Nigeria. Munich: Prestel. 
Cole, Herbert M. and Chike C. Aniakor. 1984. Igbo Arts: Community and Cosmos. Los Angeles: UCLA Museum of Cultural History. 

Physical Description
Carved wooden mask in the form of a oval-shaped face. The eyes are set close together with a small nose and mouth. The center of the face is sunken while the chin and forehead are raised. There are three small squares next to either eye and horizontal grooves on the forehead. 

Primary Object Classification
Sculpture

Primary Object Type
mask

Collection Area
African

Rights
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face masks
masks
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Cabinet V: Shelf 3
(Part of: Albertine Monroe-Brown Study-Storage Gallery)

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