Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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possible idiok mask
  • unknown Ibibio maker
  • possible idiok mask, early 1900s–1967
  • wood, staining, pigment, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 30 x 19.5 x 12 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 11 3/4 x 7 5/8 x 4 3/4 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2898

The mask depicting a human face has large red-rimmed white eyes, with slits for the wearer to see. There is a small hole on either side of the nose and a rectangular hole between the nose and mouth. The mouth is open showing white teeth and a protruding dark red tongue. It has a fan-shaped beard. There are prominent bumps on the forehead and each cheek.