Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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idiok mask
  • unknown Ibibio maker
  • idiok mask, early-mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Nigeria
  • wood, staining, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 28 x 20.5 x 12 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 11 x 8 1/16 x 4 3/4 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2757
Label Text

The carved wooden mask depicts a face with a palsy on the left side. The forehead is ridged. The eyelids bulge with actual openings beneath them. The ears are very close to the eyes. The nose is short and upturned. The mouth and left cheek have a pronounced droop.