Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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possible idiok mask
  • unknown Ibibio maker
  • possible idiok mask, early-mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Nigeria
  • wood, staining, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 22.5 x 16.5 x 7 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 8 7/8 x 6 1/2 x 2 3/4 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2825

The human face has large round eye holes. The ears are placed very close to the eyes. An area of the mouth and chin has been roughly chopped obscuring the mouth, but there are two teeth still visible. Hair is indicated by rounded knobs around the edge of the mask and there is a twist in the middle of the forehead.