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Helmet Mask (Zogbe) for Sande Society

Arts of Africa

MEDIUM Wood, pigment
  • Place Made: Liberia
  • DATES early 20th century
    DIMENSIONS 13 x 9 1/4 x 9 1/4 in. (33 x 23.5 x 23.5 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Arts of Africa
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 1992.135.1
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Drs. John I. and Nicole Dintenfass
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION 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
    IMAGE overall, 1992.135.1_transp448.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION 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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    Helmet Mask (Zogbe) for Sande Society