Suku. <em>Hemba Mask</em>, 20th century. Wood, raffia, pigment, 26 x 21 in. (66.0 x 53.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Abbott A. Lippman, 85.143. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 85.143_SL1.jpg)

Hemba Mask


Medium: Wood, raffia, pigment

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:20th century

Dimensions: 26 x 21 in. (66.0 x 53.3 cm) height of head and animal: 16 1/2 in. (41.9 cm) width of head: 9 in. (22.9 cm)


Accession Number: 85.143

Image: 85.143_SL1.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
Painted wood mask, surmounted by 4-legged animal, raffia fringe attached to holes at base of mask. Face tilted slightly backwards; mouth is open with upper row of jagged teeth; protruding almond-shaped eyes and painted eyebrows; three vertical paint marks under each eye; each quadrant of face marked by predominant color - green white, blue, red-brown; traces of green-yellow paint on right side. Helmet composed of central crest with two overlapping layers on each side: surmounted by 4-legged animal painted green with horn on top of head. Large split on right side, extending from base to top of head. CONDITION: Blue paint flaking on upper right side of face. Crack on left side of face extends upward from base. Piece missing from left side of helmet; caked substance along right side dry and flaking.

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