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Kanaga mask. Wooden ceremonial mask that takes the form of a large head attached to a body made of crossed wooden slats. The body forms a double cross. The long, two-toned face has holes cut through the wood for eyes and ears. There is a conical protrusion at the forehead, which sits atop a blade-shaped nose, leading into a prow-shaped jaw with no mouth. Two points hang down on either side of the jaw. Several small holes are bored into the edges of the face. The neck is made of three small columns of wood and is attached to the body by adhesive and thin skin straps with remnants of white fur. The body is made of several slats of wood, one vertically placed, crossed by two horizontal with small vertical slats at both ends, marked to represent digits. The slats are tied to each other by skin and/or fibre straps. The body is also two-toned in colour.

History Of Use

Mask used during Dama memorial ceremonies; worn by men. The plank-like superstructure (which points upward, above the face mask) represents a stylized bird and the outstretched arms and legs of the creator deity, Amma. The arms symbolize the sky, while his legs express the expanse of the earth.

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