Possibly Kota (Mahongwe subgroup). <em>Mask</em>, late 19th century. Wood, pigment, 14 x 6 x 9 in. (35.6 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Frank L. Babbott Fund, 52.160. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 52.160_PS2.jpg)


Artist:Kota (Mahongwe subgroup)NkareMboko

Medium: Wood, pigment

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:late 19th century

Dimensions: 14 x 6 x 9 in. (35.6 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm)



Accession Number: 52.160

Image: 52.160_PS2.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
A wooden mask made up of geometric planes, revealing tool marks on the surface overall. The crescent-shaped face projects outward at the top and comes to a point. Below it, brows arch above the eyes and move downward to a sharp point at the center. A medial ridge moves from the top of the mask to the bridge of the nose. The mask's chin moves slightly upward to a point. Between the overhanging scalloped brows and upturned chin are carved angular features in high relief. Below the brows are two hollowed-out block-shaped eyes. A nose widens gradually as it moves from the bridge of its triangular form to its base. Near the base on the outside of each nostril is a small hole drilled towards the inside of the nose. Below the nose is a small solid block-shaped mouth. The overall surface of the mask has traces of black and red-orange pigment. The left side of the face, unlike the right, has been rubbed with white lime. At the back of the mask is a hollow rectangular opening for the wearer's head with two square openings for his eyes.

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