dark brown; rectangular block above face containing metal floral nail in center surrounded by four smaller, plain metal nails; three similar plain nails on face; three rounded elements on each side of head--hair; horizontal stripes on face on either side of nose; vertical stripes carved over temples on forehead; protruding lips

Do mask, second quarter of 20th century

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African masks sometimes feature an animal or person on top; in this case, there’s a rectangular panel with a knob. It represents a Qur’anic board, a kind of plank used throughout Africa as an aid in learning to read and write Arabic for religious purposes. Among the small subgroup of African masks used in Muslim communities during Islamic festivals, this one would have been used by the Do association of the West African Ligbi people and their neighbors during masked dances marking the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.

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Title
Do mask
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2013.32
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dark brown; rectangular block above face containing metal floral nail in center surrounded by four smaller, plain metal nails; three similar plain nails on face; three rounded elements on each side of head--hair; horizontal stripes on face on either side of nose; vertical stripes carved over temples on forehead; protruding lips