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Pendant Mask (Uhunmwun-ekue)

Arts of Africa

CULTURE Edo
MEDIUM Copper alloy, iron
DATES 19th century
DIMENSIONS 7 3/4 × 4 5/16 × 1 3/4 in. (19.7 × 11 × 4.5 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of Africa
ACCESSION NUMBER 1993.180.15
CREDIT LINE Gift of Dorothy Robbins
PROVENANCE Prior to 1987, provenance not yet documented; by 1939, reportedly acquired by Harry Beasley; before 1987, reportedly acquired by John Wise of New York, NY; June 29, 1987, Sotheby's, London, lot 184; May 10, 1988, Sotheby's, New York, lot 141; before 1993, acquired by Dorothy Robbins of New York, NY; 1993, gift of Dorothy Robbins to the Brooklyn Museum.
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Human face of copper alloy, semi-circular portion above forehead lattice-like, hollow designs bordered by a wide solid band. Ears at edge of each side at forehead level. Six tear drop shaped elements across forehead. Eyes oval-shaped with slightly protruding pupils at center. Eyes rimmed with slightly raised ridge, with lightly incised horizontal lines. Nose long with pronounced nostrils. Heart shaped mouth with clearly delineated upper and lower lips. Rounded chin. Bottom of head from eye level to chin rimmed with a wide decorative band. Two loops on upper and lower inside rim. Reverse unornamented.
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CAPTION Edo. Pendant Mask (Uhunmwun-ekue), 19th century. Copper alloy, iron, 7 3/4 × 4 5/16 × 1 3/4 in. (19.7 × 11 × 4.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Dorothy Robbins, 1993.180.15. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1993.180.15_transp5318.jpg)
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Edo. <em>Pendant Mask (Uhunmwun-ekue)</em>, 19th century. Copper alloy, iron, 7 3/4 × 4 5/16 × 1 3/4 in. (19.7 × 11 × 4.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Dorothy Robbins, 1993.180.15. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1993.180.15_transp5318.jpg)