Image Resources | Currently on View in Eiteljorg Suite of African and Oceanic Art
The lifelike appearance of this wood carving is enhanced by the application of animal skin over its surface. The addition of metal teeth and pupils along with painted eyebrows furthers the illusion. The large curved shapes projecting from the head are a variation of elaborate hairstyles worn by some young girls at their “coming-of-age” ceremonies before they marry.
(Mamadou Koita, New York) sold on October 10, 1977 to Harrison Eiteljorg [1903-1997] of Indianapolis; donated to the IMA 1989