Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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agbogho mmuo mask
  • unknown Onitsha maker
  • agbogho mmuo mask, early-mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Nigeria
  • wood, clay, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 52 x 25 x 27.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 20 1/2 x 9 13/16 x 10 13/16 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2960
Label Text

The human face has three ridges on top. The face is white, with narrow slits for eyes, rimmed with grey and grey eyebrows. The lips are grey as well. The remainder of the mask is grey-brown, except for some detail on the ridges. The sides of the head are decorated with crosshatched grooves. The lateral ridges are the same: an arch with a white groove, and a white fin-like element underneath. The fin on the left has a black line which extends onto the arch, which may be a repair. The center ridge has cog-like knobs along the edge, which alternate brown and white, and the ridge itself has five vertical spaces.

There are small holes around the edge of the mask.