Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Brazil
  • mask, 1975–1985
  • Where object was made: Brazil or Peru
  • wood, paint, bark cloth, thread, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 54 x 17 x 8.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 21 1/4 x 6 11/16 x 3 3/8 in
  • Gift of Margaret S. Hodges
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4872

The wooden mask is curved to accommodate the wearer. It has two pointed oval cutouts for eyes. It is black with a yellow heart-like outline on the face and long narrow ear-like projections up either side of the forehead. There is a wide band between the "ears" defined by yellow lines with four rows of yellow dots. There is a chevron of yellow dots above the band and a knob-like projection at the top and bottom of the mask. The brown bark cloth on the back is stitched into place.