Face Mask

Face Mask

early 1900s

Wood and pigment

Overall: 31.7 cm (12 1/2 in.)

Gift of Katherine C. White 1971.296

Description

Central Ivory Coast is characterized by cultural assimilation and adoption. Connections can be seen in masquerades and in composite mask forms. Here, masks often blend human and animal features, and the depiction of elephant traits is a recurring theme. Among the Yaure, elephant masks are associated with a cult called Dye, and they appear when important sacrifices have to be made.

See also
Collection: 
African Art
Department: 
African Art
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture

Contact us

The information about this object, including provenance information, is based on historic information and may not be currently accurate or complete. Research on objects is an ongoing process, but the information about this object may not reflect the most current information available to CMA. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email collectionsdata@clevelandart.org.

To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.

Is something not working on this page? Please email help.website@clevelandart.org.

Request a digital file from Image Services that is not available through CC0, a detail image, or any image with a color bar.