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Face Mask

A work made of wood, pigment, and fur.

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  • A work made of wood, pigment, and fur.

Date:

Late 19th or early 20th century

Artist:

Possibly Attie/Atye/Akye or Adiukru
Unknown Lagoons region, Côte d’Ivoire
Coastal West Africa

About this artwork

Some of the masquerades that were popular across southern and central Côte d’Ivoire in the 19th and early 20th centuries have evolved and remain active today, but the small, flat masks of the various interrelated peoples of the southern Lagoon region have faded and grown obsolete. This is one of only three such masks housed in a museum collection. Animal fur (possibly monkey) stands in for hair and a beard while the circular mark on the forehead represents a shaved hairstyle.

Status

On View, Gallery 137

Department

Arts of Africa

Culture

Adiukru

Title

Face Mask

Place

Côte d'Ivoire (Object made in)

Date  Dates are not always precisely known, but the Art Institute strives to present this information as consistently and legibly as possible. Dates may be represented as a range that spans decades, centuries, dynasties, or periods and may include qualifiers such as c. (circa) or BCE.

1875–1925

Medium

Wood, pigment, and fur

Dimensions

H.: 26.4 cm (10 3/8 in.)

Credit Line

African and Amerindian Art Purchase Fund; through prior acquisition from the Gaffron Collection

Reference Number

1962.473

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