University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number:29-12-159
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Nafaras
Provenience: Ivory Coast
Section:African
Materials:Wood
Height: 34.9 cm
Credit Line:Purchased from J. Laporte, 1929
Other Number:145 - Other Number

Description

Wooden mask colored black. Headpiece is a winged bird. Below the chest of the bird is a bulbous forehead with the diamond shape in the center. Thin rectangle and semicicle flank the forehead and eye part of the face. Above the eye slits are two swollen brow regions, but no specific brows. The nose is a natural length. Mouth protrudes and is open. There are series of two ad three lines carved on the cheeks, the semi-circles, the forehead, and on the bird's chest. Always mirrored on either side of the face.


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