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Mask

Arts of Africa

MEDIUM Gourd, cloth, paint, metal, twine.
  • Place Made: Benin City, Nigeria
  • DATES early 20th century
    COLLECTIONS Arts of Africa
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 76.82.2
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Marcia and John Friede
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Mask, early 20th century. Gourd, cloth, paint, metal, twine. Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Marcia and John Friede, 76.82.2. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 76.82.2_bw.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 76.82.2_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Covered with cloth. Face painted red, eyes pierced, mouth open and painted white. Narrow metal rods indicate teeth. Top of head painted black, covered with twine. Loops of twine over forehead. Ears are half-moon shaped and protrude. Condition: Paint worn off in many areas and in others is crackled. Right side broken and repaired, traces of glue visible on inside.
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     <em>Mask</em>, early 20th century. Gourd, cloth, paint, metal, twine. Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Marcia and John Friede, 76.82.2. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 76.82.2_bw.jpg)