Bijagó. <em>Ox Mask (Dugn'be)</em>, 20th century. Wood, raffia, bone, glass, metal, fur, paint, fiber, 15 1/2 x 19 x 9in. (39.4 x 48.3 x 22.9cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Gerofsky, 1992.69.3. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1992.69.3_transp499.jpg)

Ox Mask (Dugn'be)


Medium: Wood, raffia, bone, glass, metal, fur, paint, fiber

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:20th century

Dimensions: 15 1/2 x 19 x 9in. (39.4 x 48.3 x 22.9cm)



Accession Number: 1992.69.3

Image: 1992.69.3_transp499.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
Wooden buffalo helmet mask in two pieces: head and neck attached by series of raffia ties which span holes around perimeter of each piece. Head: bone animal horns extend and curve out from sides of head; in back of head, below level of horns, a band projects out at sides with triangular tips painted white and red representing ears; large projecting glass eyes circumscribed by raised bands of fur nailed to surface; muzzle area and recessed triangle at center of forehead accentuated with white paint; string inserted through holes in nostrils wraps around to back of head. Neck: spiralling ridged surfaces. CONDITION: Generally good. Fur attachments around eyes worn. Deep cracks extending from perimeter at either side of head.

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