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Maiden Spirit Mask (Agbogho Mmuo)

Arts of Africa

MEDIUM Wood, pigment
  • Place Made: Nigeria
  • DATES 19th century
    DIMENSIONS 14 1/2 x 6 1/4 x 8 1/4in. (36.8 x 15.9 x 21cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Arts of Africa
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CREDIT LINE Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Nupe. Maiden Spirit Mask (Agbogho Mmuo), 19th century. Wood, pigment, 14 1/2 x 6 1/4 x 8 1/4in. (36.8 x 15.9 x 21cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund, 22.823. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE front, CUR.22.823_front_PS5.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Carved wooden spirit mask of a female. A central crest extends from back of head to forehead and is decorated with incised parallel lines and raised circular discs. Face narrows from ears to chin; eyes are small; nose is elongated; mouth is open and displays segmented teeth (some missing); bottom lip chipped. Nose and eyes are perforated. Black pigment can be found on spiralling forms carved into cap of headpiece, star pattern on forehead, three circular raised discs at temples, eyebrows, eyes, and lips. Pigment loss; surface soil and abrasion. Ear and nose chipped.
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    Maiden Spirit Mask (Agbogho Mmuo)