About this artwork
The facial features and extravagant hairstyles of white-faced maiden masks evoke an ideal of youthful feminine beauty. The color white is associated with purity. Worn by men dressed in colorful appliquéd bodysuits, such spirit masks appear in groups at the annual Fame of Maidens festival and at funerals of respected elders, where they honor the deceased, entertain the public, and reiterate traditional values.
- Face Mask (Agbogho Mmuo)
- Wood and pigment
- H. 71.2 cm (28 in.)
- Cora Abrahamson, Gladys N. Anderson, Harriett A. Fox, and Simeon B. Williams endowments