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nyatti (buffalo mask)
  • Duala peoples
  • nyatti (buffalo mask), early-mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Cameroon
  • wood, pigment, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 82 x 24 x 12.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 32 1/4 x 9 7/16 x 4 7/8 in
  • Gift of Glenn M. Duffee
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2896

The long, narrow mask depicts a stylized bovine-human hybrid decorated with red-brown and white. Two horns curve toward each other decorated with horizontal stripes. The forehead has a band of red-brown zigzag and two bands of triangles.The face has small round eyes with holes in the center. The nose is long and skinny with vertical stripes, the cheeks have vertical rows of triangles. There is a small oval mouth with a small beard underneath with red and white stripes.