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Mask (Kponyugu)

Arts of Africa

DATES late 19th or early 20th century
DIMENSIONS 14 x 36 1/2 x 11 in. (35.6 x 92.7 x 27.9 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of Africa
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Gift of Eugene and Harriet Becker
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CAPTION Senufo. Mask (Kponyugu), late 19th or early 20th century. Wood, 14 x 36 1/2 x 11 in. (35.6 x 92.7 x 27.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Eugene and Harriet Becker, 1990.220. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE 3/4, 1990.220_threequarter_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2016
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Wooden helmet mask carved from a single piece of wood with a light brown patina. The dome-shaped central portion has an open set of jaws through which the wearer looks. At the rear of the jaws is a pair of flattened tusks. At the rear of the central portion is a pair of horns. On top of the mask is a carved chameleon with a long necked bird. CONDITION: Proper right side of lower jaw: one tooth missing; proper left side of upper jaw, tooth has only a small portion remaining; proper left side of lower jaw, two teeth are missing.
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