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Double-Horned Mask

Arts of Africa

MEDIUM Wood, pigment, metal, Abrus precatorius seeds, beeswax
  • Place Made: Burkina Faso
  • DATES 19th century
    DIMENSIONS 18 x 7 1/2 x 9 in. (45.7 x 19.1 x 22.9 cm)
    COLLECTIONS Arts of Africa
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 2010.82.3
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Drs. John I. and Nicole Dintenfass
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Concave, oval face mask with two concave horns projecting from the top. The face is bisected by a ridge running down the middle of the face; rectangular eyes and a crescent-shaped mouth complete the face. One of the horns was previously broken and repaired locally with a metal brace and nails. Both eye holes are surrounded by clusters of red Abrus precatorius seeds, inset in beeswax. Intaglio lines run above the lines, and in two rings around the mouth. The entirety of the mask is covered in a thick, crusty carbonized patina. Condition: good.
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