University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: 72-28-2
Current Location: Collections storage
Culture:Yoruba
Provenience: Nigeria
Section:African
Materials:Wood
Technique:Carved
Painted
Iconography:Cicatrisation
bird
snake
Credit Line:Gift of Mrs. J. D. Kingsley in memory of her late husband, 1972

Description

Wooden helmet mask, light colored of soft wood. Pigments mostly faded off except for blue and some white. Short once white face. Blue almond shaped heavy lidded eyes. Lids white. Horizontal pupil slits. Short flat nose, nostrils open. Short closed yellow-brown mouth. Three blue scarification marks on each cheeks. Lumpy ears. Ridge around bottom. Flat semicircular headdress around head, once red-brown. Bird standing on head biting a snake. Snake has diamond pattern, outlined in blue filled with lt. blue, yellow-brown and black. Whole mask rubbed inside with red pigment, mostly gone.


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