This slim, shallow wooden mask shows a white face, painted with white clay or kaolin, and has a fibrous beard attached to the base of the mask. Facial features show cowrie-shaped eyes and a long, sagittate nose, and no mouth. Two holes at either side of the eye-line were used as means of attachment.
Relational references:Hooper Steven. ‘Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection’ vol. 2. Yale University Press, 1997. Biebyuck Daniel, ‘Lega Culture’ University of California Press, 1973.
|Type of object:||Mask|
|Type category:||Costume and jewellery|
|Date range:||1900-1999 CE|
|Discovery site:||Helen Coleman|
|Current accession number:||UEA 270|
|Former accession number:||-|
|Credit line:||Mask (with a fibre beard attached). Africa, Zaire: Lega. 20th century. Wood, with traces of white decoration. h. 31.0 cm. Acquired 1961. UEA 270|
|Record date:||Tue, 2nd Jul 2002|
|Copyright:||Copyright© by the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, UEA, Norwich, 2002. All Rights reserved|