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Arts of Africa

CULTURES Tikar or Bekom
MEDIUM Wood, pigment
DATES late 19th or early 20th century
DIMENSIONS 18 1/8 x 10 5/8 x 8 1/4 in. (46 x 27 x 21 cm)
COLLECTIONS Arts of Africa
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Painted wooden mask in black and white. Curved path through center of scalp. On each side of path, rows of bold individual hair forms. Path continues down into forehead. Below forehead are bold stylized features that include heavy eyebrows; almond-shaped eyes, opened wide; a triangular nose with curved nostrils; and a large open mouth with dark upturned lips revealing upper and lower teeth. Teeth are outlined in black. Face has a wide jaw, small chin, and at eye level, small ears protruding from sides. Wood weathered. Some paint loss, especially in the back.
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