Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Igala or Igbo peoples
  • mask, early-mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Nigeria
  • wood, burlap, wool, pigment, plant fiber, cardboard, carving, dyeing, weaving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 85 x 36 x 24.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 33 7/16 x 14 1/8 x 9 5/8 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2895

The human-like face has four horns. There are two black horns at the front and two at the back, both have spiralling grooves and bend to touch the one on the same side, right or left. The face is white with grooves oriented toward the midline, though the direction of the "V" changes . The ridges between the grooves are painted red or green. The face has black eyebrows and a black line down the nose and along the sides of the bottom. The area around the lips is black, with thin red lips and rectangular white teeth. There is plant fiber hair behind the rear set of horns. There is a cardboard piece to hold the mask in place and a burlap beard.