Mask (Ges)

Medium: Wood, fiber (Turbo petholatus opercula), pigment

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:19th century

Dimensions: 23 1/2 x 11 3/4 x 15 3/4 in. (59.7 x 29.8 x 40 cm)



Accession Number: 84.58

Catalogue Description:
Description: Carved and painted wooden mask with fiber hair and beard attached. The carving is in the Malanggane style with emphasis on negative space; eyes protrude with linear, feather-like elements extending with the top lid; the nose is ornamented with a stylized bird; ears are elongated with triangular holes in the lower lobes and feather-like extensions above the head. Forehead and teeth are prominently carved in relief and painted black. The tongue, painted red, extends to a fraction below the jaw and then rises up in triangular shape to meet the nose. Eye balls are represented by inlaid opercula shell. Only the nostrils and sides of the mouth are perforated. The face, nose, and bird element are covered with fine-line designs in red, black and white. Condition: Minor repairs have been made in several places; overall loss of paint, the beard hangs loose on proper right side. The piece is on a modern metal stand.

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