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Crest Mask (Ngambak)

A work made of wood, pigment, resin, abrus seeds, and fiber.

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  • A work made of wood, pigment, resin, abrus seeds, and fiber.

Date:

Early-mid 20th century

Artist:

Koro
Kafanchan Plateau, Nigeria
Coastal West Africa

About this artwork

Constructed in three parts connected by pegs, this human-shaped headdress, richly decorated with geometric patterns in paint and pokerwork, is called ngambak (man with bowed legs). Serving as village guardians, headdresses of this kind were worn with tentlike fabric robes during agrarian dance festivals that marked the planting and harvesting seasons. They were typically destroyed or discarded after being used in performance.

Status

On View, Gallery 137

Department

Arts of Africa

Culture

Koro

Title

Crest Mask (Ngambak)

Place

Nigeria (Object made in)

Date

1900–1950

Medium

Wood, pigment, resin, abrus seeds, and fiber

Dimensions

87 × 31.1 × 20.3 cm (34 1/2 × 12 1/4 × 8 in.)

Credit Line

Through prior purchase from Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Cummings; through prior bequest of Joseph R. Shapiro; through prior gift of Deborah Stokes and Jeffrey Hammer; through prior purchase from Mrs. Leigh B. Block; and through prior gift of Richard Faletti, the Faletti Family Collection

Reference Number

2018.6

Extended information about this artwork

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