Ivory Coast
20th Century, On View
Boca Raton Museum of Art

This mask was probably worn attached to a basketry framework and placed over the head and is typical of gh-naw masks that appear at initiation ceremonies. The masks are said to represent ancestors. The spots on this particular mask are somewhat unexplainable. In Africa such spots may refer either to a skin disease or to a state of spiritual transformation.


Mask, Ivory Coast

Mask, Ivory Coast, wood and pigment, 13 1/2 x 6 1/2 x 5 in., Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Hayim, 1992.270