Helmet Mask (Gbetu) with Raffia Costume
Arts of Africa
Wood, pigment, metal, raffia
early to mid 20th century
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Gift of William C. Siegmann
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Gola. Helmet Mask (Gbetu) with Raffia Costume, early to mid 20th century. Wood, pigment, metal, raffia, 93 x 48 in. (236.2 x 121.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of William C. Siegmann, 2011.53.1a-b. Creative Commons-BY
overall, 2011.53.1a-b_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2012
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Helmet-shaped wooden mask (a) surmounted by long ringed neck with small head at the top. Helmet portion of the mask carved with an arrangement of geometric patterns. Costume consists of two fringes of raffia, one resting around base of mask at dancer’s neck and other larger skirt (b) likely worn around chest or possibly waist.
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