Salampasu. <em>Mask for the Idangani Society, Akish</em>, early 20th century. Cloth, pigment, wicker, fiber, 31 1/2 x 8 1/16 x 7 1/16 in. (80 x 20.4 x 18 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Corice and Armand P. Arman, 1992.133.1. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1992.133.1_SL1.jpg)

Mask for the Idangani Society, Akish


Medium: Cloth, pigment, wicker, fiber

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:early 20th century

Dimensions: 31 1/2 x 8 1/16 x 7 1/16 in. (80 x 20.4 x 18 cm)


Accession Number: 1992.133.1

Image: 1992.133.1_SL1.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
Fiber mask; Angola. Headdress construction composed of a cap in an inverted basket form with a very finely hand-knotted net-like textile stitched to rim of base in front. Basket unit has 3 vertical extensions rising from crown, central one having a cylindrical bulge at center. Frontal veil terminates in triangular form at base. Has eye holes and long strands of plaited fiber coils attached around perimeter. Colors; white, black, brown. CONDITION: Extrememely fragile. Major tear in center of facial netting. Disintegration of fiber coils around perimeter, many of which are frayed, broken or missing. See E. Pearlstein Cons. Report.

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