University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Native NameNgady a Mwaash
Object Number: AF3685
Current Location: Collections storage
Provenience: Belgian Congo
Cowrie Shell
Plant Fiber
Height: 34cm
Width: 23cm
Depth: 22cm
Credit Line:Purchased from W. O. Oldman, 1912
Other Number27719 - Dealer's Number


Mask face is decorated with geometric designs, Blue and white beads cover nose and outline the mouth. Black, blue nd green beads cover the eyebrows. Two metal studs between eyes. Hairlin decorated with blue and white beads and cowrie shells. Dark colored cloth used on top of mask as hair. Cowrie shells attached in 15 rows. Side panel of mask is woven raffia cloth.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Evocative Images: African Sculpture from the University Museum (Traveling version of "African Sculpture from the University Museum") ( Sep 1988 - Apr 1990)View Objects in Exhibition
African Sculpture from the University Museum (22 Nov 1986 - 08 Feb 1987)View Objects in Exhibition
Imagine Africa with the Penn Museum (18 Sep 2011)View Objects in Exhibition
African Negro Sculpture (1957 - 1957)View Objects in Exhibition


[Catalogue] Wardwell, Allen. 1986. African Sculpture from the University Museum, University of Pennsylvania. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 114-115View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Dougherty, Frank. 1986. African Sculpture, in Philadelphia Daily News. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 1, A7View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Coon, Carleton S. & Plass, Margaret. 1957. African Negro Sculpture: A Walk Through the Gallery. The University Museum Bulletin. 21 (4) Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 64View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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