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Mask

Object Number:
AF5371
Current Location:
Africa Gallery
Culture:
Ibo
Provenience:
Nigeria
Section:
African
Materials:
Wood
Pigment
Iconography:
Cicatrisation
Description:
Elaborate tall openwork crest above narrow whitened face. "Maw Dancer's Mask: The dancer's are men whose heads are covered by the masks and their bodies and limbs, including hands and feet, by a costume made partly or wholly of netted fiber. They represent the spirits of the deceased whose funeral rites are celebrated by the Maw society, and other ancestral spirits, which are believed to visit their own relations and descendants on these and certain other occasiions."
Height:
45cm
Width:
80cm
Depth:
28cm
Credit Line:
Purchased from the Quinn Estate
Other Number:
1538   -   Field No SF

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Evocative Images: African Sculpture from the University Museum (Traveling version of "African Sculpture from the University Museum") ( Sep 1988 - Apr 1990)
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African Gallery ( Aug 1995)
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African Sculpture from the University Museum (22 Nov 1986 - 08 Feb 1987)
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Bibliography:

[Catalogue] Wardwell, Allen. 1986. African Sculpture from the University Museum, University of Pennsylvania. : Page/Fig./Plate: 72-73
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[Catalogue] Plass, Margaret. 1957. African Negro Sculpture: A Walk Through the Gallery. : Page/Fig./Plate: 59
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[Catalogue] Plass, Margaret B. 1956. African Tribal Sculpture. : Page/Fig./Plate: 36
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[Journal] Wieschhoff, H. A. The African Collections of The University Museum Vol.: Vol. 11, Nos. 1-2. : Page/Fig./Plate: 55
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