Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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gongoli mask
  • unknown Mende maker
  • gongoli mask, mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Sierra Leone
  • wood, raffia, staining, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: approximately 133 x 70 x 10 cm with raffia
    Object Height/Width/Depth: approximately 52 3/8 x 27 1/2 x 3 7/8 in with raffia
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2816

The human face has a large forehead that has three ridges, though the bottom one with vertical grooves may be eyebrows. The ball-like eyes have upper and lower eyelids. It has a straight nose and the mouth is slightly open. It is edged with long strips of natural colored raffia.