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Face Mask, early 1900s (wood)

Seen as essentially female, this type of face mask is worn during Poro initiation and funeral rites and in non-Poro contexts. Symbolizing the female g

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Face Mask, early 1900s (wood)
IMAGE number
CVL500124
Title
Face Mask, early 1900s (wood)
Artist
Sabarikwo of Ouazumon (fl.1900) / African
Location
Cleveland Museum of Art, OH, USA
Medium
wood
Dimensions
h:31.60 w:16.70 d:11.40 cms
Description
Seen as essentially female, this type of face mask is worn during Poro initiation and funeral rites and in non-Poro contexts. Symbolizing the female genitalia, the scarification mark on the mask's forehead explicitly references sexuality. The lustrous black surface, imitating oiled skin, and the ornamental side projections that frame the face are hallmarks of feminine beauty.
Photo credit
© Cleveland Museum of Art / John L. Severance Fund / Bridgeman Images
Keywords
20th century / 20 century / XX century / XXth century / twentieth century / 20 20th xx xxth twentieth century / 20 20th xx xxth century / 20 20th 20th XX XXth 20th century / c20th / carving / carved / mask / object / african / africa / wood / woodcarving / tribal / headdress

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