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, paint, metal, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 31 x 22 x 17 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 12 3/16 x 8 5/8 x 6 11/16 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2962

The white human face has a metal nail at the top of the head. The hairline is slightly raised and the hair is black. The eyes are raised, and edged with red then black. There are black eyebrows with a black triangular design between. There is a black stripe down the ridge of the nose and black stripes from the bottom of the nose to the ear lobes. The nose is prominent, and the nostrils are painted red. The mouth is slightly open, showing white teeth, a red interior and black lips. There is a black scalloped edge, mirroring the hairline, on the jaw.

There are holes around the perimeter.