triple-faced dance mask; wood, red, blue and white pigment; with stand

Do Society Mask, early 20th century

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Triple-faced masks of this type are extremely rare. This example was made to be used in the Do masquerade. The three faces might relate to a ceremonial ability to see into the past, present and future. The male and female figures at the top probably represent an ancestral couple, but the meaning of the animal head below the chin remains unclear.

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Title
Do Society Mask
Role
Artist
Accession Number
71.60a,b
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triple-faced dance mask; wood, red, blue and white pigment; with stand