Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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adoné antelope mask
  • unknown Kurumba maker
  • adoné antelope mask, late 1800s–mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Côte d'Ivoire?
  • wood, paint, clay, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 188 x 21 x 65 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 74 x 8 1/4 x 25 9/16 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3173
Label Text

Mask of a long necked antelope head sitting atop a block-like headpiece, with circular cutouts for the eyes. It has straight horns with shorter curved ears behind. The face is flattened and slightly raised in the center, with the eyes painted on either side. It has a long, flat snout.

The head, neck and headpiece are all painted with black, red, and black with white dots in triangles and diamonds. The bottoms of the horns and ears are painted with stripes and dots in the same coloration. The tops of the horns were painted, but the pattern is no longer visible.