Crest Mask

A work made of wood, pigment, and string.

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

Date:

Late 19th/early 20th century

Artist:

Possibly Yoruba: Ijebu
Nigeria
Coastal West Africa

About this artwork

Representing water spirits, these inventive crest masks combine various animal parts, including the horns of antelope and rams, and the tusks and trunks of elephants. Along with the water birds pegged on the front and back of each crest—one of which is missing—these animals refer to land and water, the human world and the supernatural underwater realm—both domains where water spirits exercise their power. [See also 2000.320.1]

On View

Arts of Africa, Gallery 137

Artist

Yoruba

Title

Crest Mask

Origin

Nigeria

Date

1867–1925

Medium

Wood, pigment, and string

Dimensions

26.4 x 21 x 42.2 cm (10 3/8 x 8 1/4 x 16 5/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Richard Faletti, the Faletti Family Collection

Reference Number

2000.320.2

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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