We. <em>Mask (Von Gla)</em>, late 19th or early 20th century. Wood, metal, fur, fiber, hair, leopard’s teeth, pigment, 18 x 15 3/4 x 6 in. (45.7 x 40 x 15.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. Gordon Douglas III, 75.189.4. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 75.189.4_PS1.jpg)

Mask (Von Gla)


Medium: Wood, metal, fur, fiber, hair, leopard’s teeth, pigment

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:late 19th or early 20th century

Dimensions: 18 x 15 3/4 x 6 in. (45.7 x 40 x 15.2 cm)



Accession Number: 75.189.4

Image: 75.189.4_PS1.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
The face mask, which appears to represent a bush spirit, contains animal and human composits. It has two protruding winglike ears and two sets of eyes: one castenet shaped; the other tubular. Its large open mouth contains a tongue covered with cloth, metal teeth, and on each side, a boar's tusk. Strung around the rim of the mask are ivory teeth, wooden pieces, nails, rope, raffia fiber, cloth and hair. White pigment has been applied to parts of the mask. The mask's condition is fragile. Pigment is missing in some areas and flaking in others; cloth attachments are worn and fragile.

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