University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: 81-11-5
Current Location: Collections storage
Culture:Bapende
Provenience: Kasai District
Section:African
Materials:Wood
Grass
Wax
Credit Line:Received from various sources, pre-1981
Other Number58-17-? - Original Number

Description

Circumcision mask with a carved and painted beard with chevron designs. Continuous black painted eyebrow and a black hairline. The lips and the protuberances by the eyes are painted black as well. The topknot has three pieces of reddish wax embedded init, and a grass fringe (not attached) encircles the topknot. There are perforations in the beard and around the face for a grass fringe which has been lost.


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