Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Igbo or Yoruba peoples
  • mask, early-mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Nigeria
  • wood, cloth, carving, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 33 x 24 x 16 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 13 x 9 7/16 x 6 1/4 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2892

The human-like face is made from dark brown wood that appears to have been rubbed with a mud-like substance. The prominent forehead has a black cloth band running across it, above the ears, and another band running down the midline to intersect above the nose. There is a vertical ridge with horizontal grooves from the cloth band to the top of the nose. The eyes bulge under browridges, but the centers are cutout. The ears are "C" shaped. The lips appear pursed and there is a small chin.