Image Resources | Currently on View in Eiteljorg Suite of African and Oceanic Art
The Oro association is responsible for enforcing fines and penalties and carrying out punishments. The Oro uses masks of this type during annual festivals. Maskers are also involved in burial procedures for everyone, no matter the status of the deceased. The many figures on top of the mask, including a prisoner, a preacher, a musician and a soldier indicate that Oro activities involve the whole community
This carving includes several elements that were brought back to the area by former slaves from Brazil. These include the double scroll form just above the main face, the floral cluster in back, and what appears to be a garland of leaves placed around the main head. These Brazilian elements became common in architecture and other art forms after being introduced in the second half of the 19th century.
Purchased by Harrison Eiteljorg [1903-1997], Indianapolis, in 1976; given to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1989 (1989.754).