Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Yaqui peoples
  • mask, late 1800s–1967
  • Where object was made: Mexico
  • wood, horse hair, paint, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 47 x 16 x 11 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 18 1/2 x 6 1/4 x 4 5/16 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4921

The mask depicts a human face with blond horse hair details. The mask is black with white lines under the eye cutouts and on the side of the nose and there are uneven white zigzags along the forehead with a white cross. There is a painted white line on the perimeter of the mask. It has red lips, blond horse hair tufts for eyebrows, and long tufts for the beard and on the cheeks under the eyes.