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, pigment, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 51 x 27 x 35 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 20 1/16 x 10 5/8 x 13 3/4 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2949
Label Text

The helmet style mask depicts a human head with a relatively small white face and a black hairstyle with an elaborately carved ridge with a white leopard on either side. The eyes are small, with cut outs and grey eyebrows. The mask has a relatively large nose and black lips. The hair is plain except for the ridge which has cog-like projections around the edge.