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Face Mask

Artist/Maker: Artist Unknown (Artist Unknown)

Date: ca. 1970
Medium: wood and pigment
Overall: 11 1/8 x 7 1/4 x 3 3/8 in. (28.3 x 18.4 x 8.6 cm)
Classification: Clothing, Accessories and Jewelry
Credit Line: Gift of Lee and Aurora McMichen
Object number: 82.0278
DescriptionThis face mask with eyeglasses may be a depiction of a white man, as determined by the eyeglasses, mustache, hairline, and red face paint. Africans also wore eyeglasses as a prestigious accessory and status symbol. In some instances eyeglasses were regarded as a substitute for the white paint worn around the eyes as spiritual protection during sacred rituals.
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