Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Igbo peoples
  • mask, mid 1900s–1961
  • Where object was made: Nigeria
  • wood, plant fiber, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 24.5 x 17.5 x 9 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 9 5/8 x 6 7/8 x 3 1/2 in
  • Gift of Theodore Eaton
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2827

The light natural colored human face has a hairstyle that is defined by a lock falling over the forehead and a part. The hair is dotted with small divots. The eyes are carved so the eyelid appears half closed over cut-outs. The pointed nose has cut-outs for nostrils. It has large lips and squarish ears. The forehead is marked with a rectangle with gridlines and each cheek is marked with two short parallel lines.

There is a broken loop of twisted plant fiber for hanging at the top of the mask.