Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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ododua mask
  • unknown Bini maker
  • ododua mask, late 1800s–1975
  • Where object was made: Nigeria
  • bronze
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 26.5 x 14 x 15.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 10 3/8 x 5 1/2 x 6 1/8 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3027

The bronze representation of a human head sits at the level of the chin. The head is wearing a tall cylindrical hat and hair is indicated with vertical grooves. The face has three vertical scars above each eye. There is a small crocodile next to the nose on either side and a snake on each cheek from ear to chin. There are very long snakes from the top of the hat to the bottom of the head behind each ear and the back of the head. There is a shorter snake from the front top of the hat to the forehead and two more crocodiles on the forehead.