Face Mask

Face Mask

early 1900s

Wood, paint, and colorant

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

Gift of Katherine C. White 1971.296

Description

Central Côte d'Ivoire 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. Yaure peoples associated elephant masks 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: 
Mask

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