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Bovid Mask with Burkina Faso Border #2
  • William Daniels
    born 1975
    born: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States ; active: United States
  • Bovid Mask with Burkina Faso Border #2, 2017
  • Where object was made: United States
  • 100% cotton fabric, unbleached cotton muslin and cotton satin background. African print fabric from Cultured Expressions, poly-cotton binding, backing and batting. Reverse applique technique used to construct mask, Burkina Faso figures and corner blocks.
  • Object Height/Width: 31 1/2 x 25 1/2 in
  • Courtesy of the artist. Image by Keena Gonzalez © 2018. All rights reserved.
  • Not on display
  • EL2018.085
  • Loan: Not in the Spencer's collection
Label Text

Exhibition Label:
"Paying Homage: Celebrating the Diversity of Men in Quilts", 02-Jun-2018
Daniels describes the influence for this work: “Historically, masks have been used in cultures all over the world. Typically they are made of wood by skilled craftsmen. Besides human faces, African masks often have animal shapes. The Bovid (or antelope) is one of the more commonly featured animal shapes.”

Based in New York City, Daniels experiments to integrate modern archetypes with historical, societal, or spiritual topics. He is currently a PhD candidate at the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts. He is also the lead curator for Quilters of Color Network in New York.