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idiok or gongoli mask
  • unknown Ibibio maker
  • idiok or gongoli mask, mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Nigeria
  • wood, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 27 x 17 x 8.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 10 5/8 x 6 11/16 x 3 3/8 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2822

The wooden mask depicts a human-like face. The prominent forehead has a ridge running down the middle that divides and goes down either cheek. The eyes with eyelids are carved, but there are cut-outs to see on either side of the bridge of the nose. The nose has a wide bottom and large nostrils. The mouth is in a diamond shape with the teeth visible.