This beautiful, carved wood ceremonial mask is just over four feet tall and is worn over the head and shoulders. It was acquired by Illinois State University in 1973 and then was transferred to the Illinois State Museum in 2001. It was previously featured in the Illinois State Museum exhibit Where Animals Dance. The masks were originally produced in the late 1800s and early 1900s by the Baga people of Guinea in west Africa.
Carved African mask demonstrates diversity of artistic expression