- Label Text
- This pendant is in the form of a type of Tusyan mask called loniankê that represents a supernatural spirit embodied in a buffalo mask. The actual wood masks are worn once a year in a dance that cleanses the village of the forces that cause illness and misfortune. The copper alloy pendant gives the wearer some of this same spiritual protection.
- Cast copper alloy pendant in the form of a miniature bush cow mask composed of a flat square with low relief X and raised spiral patterns, curving horns and overall dark patina.
- Mr. and Mrs. Emil J. Arnold, New York, -- to 1975
- Exhibition History
- BIG/small, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., January 17-July 23, 2006
- Published References
- National Museum of African Art. 2006. BIG/small Family Guide. Exhibition booklet. Washington, D.C.: National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
- Data Source
- National Museum of African Art
- Tusyan artist
- Early-mid 20th century
- Credit Line
- Gift of Mrs. Emil J. Arnold in memory of her husband
- Copper alloy
- H x W x D: 6 x 4.1 x 0.6 cm (2 3/8 x 1 5/8 x 1/4 in.)