Mask (Von Gla)
This mask combines many diverse materials to create an image of power. Multiple eyes, warthog tusks, large teeth, and other power symbols such as rifle casings and a beard of authentic and wooden leopard’s teeth form a fierce countenance that frightens away negative forces.
- Culture: We
- Medium: Wood, metal, fur, fiber, hair, leopard’s teeth, pigment
- Place Made: Montagnes or Moyen Cavally Region, Ivory Coast
- Dates: late 19th or early 20th century
- Dimensions: 18 x 15 3/4 x 6 in. (45.7 x 40 x 15.2 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Arts of Africa
- Museum Location: This item is on view in African Storage Annex, East Gallery, 1st Floor
- Accession Number: 75.189.4
- Credit Line: Gift of Mr and Mrs. J. Gordon Douglas III
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: We. Mask (Von Gla), late 19th or early 20th century. Wood, metal, fur, fiber, hair, leopard’s teeth, pigment, 18 x 15 3/4 x 6 in. (45.7 x 40 x 15.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr and Mrs. J. Gordon Douglas III, 75.189.4. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: The face mask, which appears to represent a bush spirit, contains animal and human composits. It has two protruding winglike ears and two sets of eyes: one castenet shaped; the other tubular. Its large open mouth contains a tongue covered with cloth, metal teeth, and on each side, a boar's tusk. Strung around the rim of the mask are ivory teeth, wooden pieces, nails, rope, raffia fiber, cloth and hair. White pigment has been applied to parts of the mask. The mask's condition is fragile. Pigment is missing in some areas and flaking in others; cloth attachments are worn and fragile.
- Record Completeness: Best (87%)