Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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suaga mask
  • unknown Mambila maker
  • suaga mask, late 1800s–1982
  • Where object was made: Cameroon
  • wood, cord, pigment, gum resin, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 35 x 13.5 x 15.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 13 3/4 x 5 5/16 x 6 1/8 in
  • Gift of Larry W. Welling
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3145
Label Text

The wooden mask, depicts an animal head, possibly a crow. The mouth is open. Protruding eyes have black resin on them. There are dog-like ears behind the eyes and a forked projection on the back of the head. There are ropes knotted through the holes at the bottom of the mask to attach to a dancer. It is dark brown with remnants of white clay in the ears and on top of the head.