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possible Poro society mask
  • Senufo peoples
  • possible Poro society mask, 1975
  • Where object was made: Sierra Leone
  • wood, carving, staining
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 44 x 16 x 7 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 17 5/16 x 6 5/16 x 2 3/4 in
  • Gift of Professor Beverly Mack
  • Not on display
  • C2011.049
Description

Long, vertical mask, identified as a kpeli-yehi carved from wood and stained a dark brown color. At the top of the mask is a projection carved in the shape of a small human head with a high ridge running from front to back. On either side of that there are flat, pointed ears. On the side of the head are rectangular and triangular projections. At the bottom of the head there are long pointed projections at the chin. The face has narrow slits for eyes, a very long nose and there are lines of small carved rectangles on the cheeks and on the outer projections. And there is a small, rectangular mouth at the bottom.