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, staining, raffia, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: approximately 84 x 60 x 12 cm with raffia
    Object Height/Width/Depth: approximately 33 1/16 x 23 5/8 x 4 3/4 in with raffia
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2817

The human face has a horizontal ridge on the forehead, the last one meeting the top of the nose. It has a slit centered on a bulge for eyes with two ridges above each. It has a long, thin nose with a slit immediately below. The bottom of the face is pointed and divided front from back, which may be the mouth. It is edged with a light natural colored raffia fringe.