N'tomo Society Initiation Mask

Accession Number

N'tomo Society Initiation Mask


Artist Nationality

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
wood with black incrustation

15 3/16 in x 5 3/16 in x 8 in (38.5 cm x 13.1 cm x 20.4 cm)

Credit Line
Museum purchase assisted by the Friends of the Museum of Art

Label copy
The N'Tomo Society organizes much of the life of boys in the village until the time of circumcision. The chief N'Tomo festival, or circumcision rite, takes place at harvest time. The society furnishes protection against bad spirits and sickness, as well as serving the function of a regulatory agency in judging disputes and assigning agricultural work. There are two major types of N'Tomo Society masks: this, with 4-10 horns on top, and one with horns as well as a standing figure or animal.

Primary Object Classification
Wood and Woodcarving

Primary Object Type

Collection Area

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initiation mask

2 Related Resources

Cabinet V: Shelf 2
(Part of: Albertine Monroe-Brown Study-Storage Gallery)

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Web Use Permitted

On display

UMMA Gallery Location ➜ AMH, 2nd floor ➜ 205 (Albertine Monroe-Brown Study-Storage Gallery) ➜ Cabinet V ➜ Shelf 2