Face Mask

1985.16.0004

Photo of Face Mask

Basic Information

Artifact Identification Face Mask   (1985.16.0004)
Classification/
Nomenclature
Communication Artifacts : Ceremonial Artifacts : Religious Objects
Artist/Maker None
Geographic Location Africa, West, Liberia
Period/Date Colonial, 20th century
Culture We, Ngere Wobe

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Height) 49.1 cm
Dimension 2 (Width) 35.6 cm
Dimension 3 (Depth) 15.1 cm
Weight 2,927 g
Measuring Remarks None
Materials Plant--Wood, Animal--Hair, Animal--Skin--without Fur/Feathers/Scales, Plant--Raffia, Metal, Pigment, Textile, Animal--Mammal--Primate--Human, Animal--Skin--with Fur/Feathers/Scales, Animal--Skin--without Fur/Feathers/Scales
Manufacturing Processes Carved, Painting, Stringing, Hollowing, Piercing, Staining
Munsell Color Information waived

Research Remarks

Published Description

"Ngere face mask, of highly abstract form, with gaping mouth open and inset with metal teeth and a red metal protruding tongue, broad flattened nose, four pierced tubular projections and pierced narrow eyes below a low projecting forehead, ornamented with tufts of hair and fiber, and an encircling beard of wood tooth-like pendants and human hair; brown patina with remains of red pigment, the back perimeter pierced for attachments." - Sotheby's, Lot 145

Description N/A
Comparanda

Sotheby's catalogs 7/6/82, Lot 139, and 6/25-26/84, Lot 263. Sotheby’s. Catalog, Sale of July 6, 1982, Lot 139: [Comparable Wobe mask]. Sotheby’s. Catalog, Sale of June 25-26, 1984, Lot 263: [Comparable Dan N’gere mask]. Sotheby’s. Catalog, ca. May 14, 1981, Lot 145: [1985.16.0004].

Bibliography N/A

Artifact History

Archaeological Data N/A
Credit Line/Dedication Richard and Barbara Faletti Family Collection
Reproduction no
Reproduction Information N/A

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