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This is a Mask. It was agent: Sigmund Rothschild. It is dated 19th century and we acquired it in 1965. Its medium is wood. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Dogon masks are bound up with rituals surrounding death. There is an enormous variety of mask types representing animals, humans and abstract concepts.

This object was donated by Bernhard Richter and Bernhard Richter. It is credited Gift of Bernard Richter.

  • Mummy Mask
  • H x W x D: 27 x 45 x 58 cm (10 5/8 x 17 11/16 x 22 13/16 in.).
  • Gift of the Estate of David Wolfe Bishop.
  • 1951-84-2

Our curators have highlighted 2 objects that are related to this one.

Its dimensions are

H x W x D (overall): 50.2 × 23.8 × 17.8 cm (19 3/4 in. × 9 3/8 in. × 7 in.)

Cite this object as

Mask; Agent: Sigmund Rothschild (American, 1917 - 1991); wood; H x W x D (overall): 50.2 × 23.8 × 17.8 cm (19 3/4 in. × 9 3/8 in. × 7 in.); Gift of Bernard Richter; 1965-55-30

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibitions Jon Gray of Ghetto Gastro Selects and Ellen DeGeneres Selects.

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