Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Ejagham or Widekum peoples
  • mask, circa 1930
  • Where object was made: Cameroon
  • wood, human hair, pigment, clay, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 35 x 21 x 17 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 13 3/4 x 8 1/4 x 6 11/16 in
  • Gift of Larry W. Welling
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3140
Label Text

The human-like face has a wedge shaped hairstyle. The eyes have cutouts, rimmed with red. The nose is small and flattened, decorated with diagonal lines. The mouth is open, revealing pointed teeth covered with white clay, but rectangular. The semi-circular stylized beard is embellished with human hair. There are small ears lateral to the eyes, and three semi-circular protuberances down each side of the face, one above the ears, two below. The mask is dark brown.