heavy face mask with six pairs of tusk-like elements extending across face; very wide nose; open cylindrical shaped element on each cheek; coffee bean shaped eyes; pair of protruding animal-like ears; mouth has a pair of lower protruding fangs with red pigment inside mouth; beard of hair and fur; three metal bells hang from chin; dark patina; studded overall with brass nailheads

Mask, 1940s

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How wild and ferocious do you have to look' Depends what you’re trying to accomplish. This mask, encrusted with teeth, fur, human hair, and countless protuberances resembling horns or tusks, was used in ceremonies performed to command authority, administer justice, and detect wrongdoers. The little bells added an aural element to the powerful appearance of the mask itself.

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Mask
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Artist
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2014.7
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heavy face mask with six pairs of tusk-like elements extending across face; very wide nose; open cylindrical shaped element on each cheek; coffee bean shaped eyes; pair of protruding animal-like ears; mouth has a pair of lower protruding fangs with red pigment inside mouth; beard of hair and fur; three metal bells hang from chin; dark patina; studded overall with brass nailheads