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West Africa Anonymous,
Poro Face Mask, c. 1950-1975
11 1/2 in. x 10 in. x 6 in. (29.21 cm x 25.4 cm x 15.24 cm)

Object Type: Sculpture
Technique: Carving
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. Richard Wagner
Accession Number: 75.8.4

Old number: 5506.

Tag: $450.00 (removed); $250.00 on base. "N20 crown $250-" is written on a card tacked to the interior. A sticker on the interior reads "36." "A2" is written on the interior in black.

Carved wood with fur, horsehair, fiber cloth, pods or sticks, nails, and metal.

Object Description
Carved medium-weight wooden mask with cirular protruding eyes and a qooden "quill" through the septum. The eyes are decorated with fur, and the nose has some fine fur on it. There is a horsehair mustache and some horsehair below the eyes, trailing down. Dirty fabric extends around the entire mask on the outer edge, and is nailed on. There are faded, painted bags of the same fabric on each side at the temples, filled with sand. The metal teeth are rusted, and one is missing. Sharpened wooden quills decorate the outer edge of the mask (nailed on, many missing). There is a metal loop on the top of the head.

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