Helmet Mask (Zogbe) for Sande Society
Arts of Africa
early 20th century
13 x 9 1/4 x 9 1/4 in. (33 x 23.5 x 23.5 cm) (show scale)
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Gift of Drs. John I. and Nicole Dintenfass
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Gola. Helmet Mask (Zogbe) for Sande Society, early 20th century. Wood, pigment, 13 x 9 1/4 x 9 1/4 in. (33 x 23.5 x 23.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Drs. John I. and Nicole Dintenfass, 1992.135.1. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1992.135.1_transp448.jpg)
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Wooden helmet mask framed by intricate coiffure. Bulbous forehead projects as a ridge over facial features: eyes as 2 incised slits (one slightly higher than the other); blocklike nose, wider at base than at top; mouth as a lightly incised depression in area of chin which swells outward; ears at sides as inverted c-forms with a raised ridge. Coiffure; series of six ridged lobes of hair-resembling horns that extend from the crown to the sides of the head and taper to a point at the tips; surface ridges take on a herringbone-like configuration; 2 knoblike protrusions at either end (front and back-back knob perforated by a circular hole); series of parallel horizontal holes around perimeter of base. Color: black
Condition: Good. Proper right side: break in surface between 1st and 2nd lobes of hair patched with a piece of tape painted black. Crack along contour of 1st lobe of hair also patched with tape. 2 cracks in surface of crown. Slight chipping off of coiffure tips, proper left side of nose.
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