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mask with purple raffia
  • Ibibio peoples
  • mask with purple raffia, circa 1961
  • Where object was made: Nigeria
  • wood, raffia, burlap, staining, carving, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 69 x 26 x 11 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 27 1/8 x 10 1/4 x 4 5/16 in
  • Gift of Theodore Eaton
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2936
Description

The dark brown human face has a simple hairstyle indicated at the top of the head. It has eyes with cutouts in a relatively flat face. The mouth appears to be in a grimace, revealing teeth and a cutout. Long strands of purple raffia surround the face. There is burlap on the back, possibly to cover the wearer's head.

There is a large yellowish accretion in the center of the forehead.