Liberia or Côte d’Ivoire
Mask, c. 1920
The Robert J. Ulrich Works of Art Purchase Fund 2009.31
This mask is the oldest in the exhibition. Its age is revealed by the appearance of the wood, the rich surface crust, and the necessity of ‘replacement holes’ along the edges to which the costume used to be attached. The holes on the snout held a piece of fur, which would have intensified the animal-like look of the mask.
See this mask at the MIA in the exhibition Masks from the West-African Dan People until Sunday, October 31, 2010.
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