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agbogho mmuo mask
  • unknown Onitsha maker
  • agbogho mmuo mask, early-mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Nigeria
  • wood, clay, carving, stamping
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 57 x 24 x 29 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 22 7/16 x 9 7/16 x 11 3/8 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2961

The mask has a white face and three ridges on the head. The face has narrow, slitted eyes, outlined with grey, and grey eyebrows. The nose is very narrow. The lips are grey. The remainder of the mask is brown-grey except for some detail on the hair ridges.

The hairline appears scalloped, and is decorated with scalloped circles.The area behind the hairline is decorated with parallel grooves.

The lateral ridges are the same: and arch with a white groove running the full length, with a white fin-like element in the center. The center ridge has cog-like knobs along the edge, each decorated with a circle. Every other knob is colored white. The ridge itself has four narrow wooden columns.

There are small holes around the perimeter of the mask.