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, pigment, clay, cloth, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 33.5 x 18 x 13 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 13 3/16 x 7 1/16 x 5 1/8 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2963

The mask depicts a human face. The face is white and the hair is black with a topknot indicated with two wooden elements.The hairline has two grooves, which come to a point on the forehead and parallel vertical grooves on the sides. A strip of black cloth is wrapped around the base of the topknot.

The slitted cutouts for eyes are outlined with black under black eyebrows. There is a horizontal black line on either cheek and a prominent nose. The lips are painted black, slightly open to reveal teeth and a red interior.

There is a black band around the edge with small holes.