Temne artist. <em>Mask for the Ordehlay (Ode-Lay) or Jollay Society</em>, mid-20th century. Wood, paint, plastic, metal, 29 1/2 x 16 15/16 x 8 1/4 in. (75 x 43 x 21 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Milton Gross, by exchange, 2013.25. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2013.25_PS9.jpg)

Mask for the Ordehlay (Ode-Lay) or Jollay Society


Medium: Wood, paint, plastic, metal

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:mid-20th century

Dimensions: 29 1/2 x 16 15/16 x 8 1/4 in. (75 x 43 x 21 cm) with mount approx: 34 in. (86.4 cm)



Accession Number: 2013.25

Image: 2013.25_PS9.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
Mask with a human face as a base, from which all sculptural elements are attached. A figure sits at the top of the head; two sets of dragons flank the base. The taller pair, whose heads are separately carved in wood, have crenelated crests. The shorter, lower pair are blunt-nosed and connected by metal wire to the taller pair. Several layers of commercial paint in various colors have been applied to the entire object, with spotted colors of red, blue, yellow, and white painted to both sides of the dragon pairs. The interior of the mask is not painted, with some signs of wear. The crested section on the exterior back of the base has a hole.

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