Yorùbá. <em>Helmet Mask (Igbudu)</em>, 19th century. Wood, metal, pigment, 11 1/4  x  9  3/4  x 13 1/2 in. Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Drs. John I. and Nicole Dintenfass, 1992.135.2. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1992.135.2_threequarter_PS4.jpg)

Helmet Mask (Igbudu)


Medium: Wood, metal, pigment

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:19th century

Dimensions: 11 1/4 x 9 3/4 x 13 1/2 in.



Accession Number: 1992.135.2

Image: 1992.135.2_threequarter_PS4.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
Helmet mask with raised rounded forehead. Extremely large almond-shaped eyes defined by raised ridge around perimeter. Sculpted ears project from sides at back of head. Mouth open with rectangular metal teeth inserted along perimeter. Surface of head covered with coiffure of raised concentric bands which meet in a peak at center of forhead. Solid ridge bands alternate with ones composed of continuous lines of beads. Running from crown of head down back in a series of raised forms in much higher relief. Surface covered with crusty added layer. Color: brown. CONDITION: Good. Some of metal teeth missing. Rim of base chipped. Large piece of base missing with split extending upward. Repaired with series of 2 staples by restoration department. Light breaks throughout surface.

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