Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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kpan mask
  • unknown Baule maker
  • kpan mask, mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Côte d'Ivoire
  • wood, staining, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 36 x 23 x 9 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 14 1/8 x 9 1/16 x 3 1/2 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2824

The human face has a large forehead topped by a ridge of stylized hair. There is a raised square with grid lines above the nose. The eyes are carved with narrow slits at the bottom lid. The ears are near the eyes, with three small triangles. There is a raised square with grid lines on each cheek. It has a small mouth and the ridge of a stylized beard from one ear, around the chin to the other ear.