Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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mmuo mask
  • unknown Onitsha maker
  • mmuo mask, early-mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Nigeria
  • wood, clay, pigment, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 25.5 x 16 x 12 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 10 1/16 x 6 1/4 x 4 3/4 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2967

The mask depicts a human face in white with a smooth black hairstyle with a large scale scalloped hairline. The mask as a whole is quite rounded. The eyes are small cutouts with a black eyebrows above and a black line on the ridge and around the bottom. There are triangular cutouts on each cheek. The mouth is slightly open with black lips.

There are holes around the perimeter.