Elephant ivory mask

elephant ivory mask
view: front

This shallow, convex ivory mask displays protruding oval eyes and a small open oval mouth, with a long and slender nose. There are six holes round the base of the mask, possibly for a bear-like attachment. There is significant cracking and erosion on the upper right of the mask, which is yellowy-white in colour.

Relational references:
Biebuyck, D. 1953. Signification d'une Statuette Lega. La Revue Coloniale Belge, Belgium.
Object details
Type of object: Mask
Type category: Costume and jewellery
Material: Ivory
Width: 130 mm
Height: 172 mm
Depth: 40 mm
Style/Period: Helen Coleman
Date range: 1900-1999 CE
Discovery site: Helen Coleman
Personal name: -
Role: -
Culture: Lega
Record data
Artworld id: 10101
Current accession number: UEA 269
Former accession number: -
Credit line: Mask. Central and East Africa, Zaire: Lega. Early 20th century (?). Elephant ivory. h. 17.1 cm. Acquired 1953. UEA 269
Recorded by: PC
Record date: Tue, 2nd Jul 2002
Copyright: Copyright© by the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, UEA, Norwich, 2002. All Rights reserved