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Object Number:AF5371
Current Location: Africa Gallery
Currently On Display
Provenience: Nigeria
Height: 45.01cm
Width: 80.01cm
Depth: 27.99cm
Credit Line:Purchased from the Quinn Estate, 1926
Other Number1538 - Field No SF


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."

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 Gallery ( Aug 1995)View Objects in Exhibition
African Sculpture from the University Museum (22 Nov 1986 - 08 Feb 1987)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: 72-73View 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: 59View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Catalogue] Plass, Margaret B. 1956. African Tribal Sculpture. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 36View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Journal] Wieschhoff, H. A. The African Collections of The University Museum Vol.: Vol. 11, Nos. 1-2. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 55View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Biro, Yaelle. 2012. The John Quinn Collection of African Art and Its Photographic Album by Charles Sheeler. Tribal Art Magazine. (3): 44-49. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Page 47View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Catalogue, Exhibition] Wingert, Paul S. 1948. African Negro Sculpture. Actual CitationView Objects related to this Actual Citation

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