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Crest mask
Date: Mid-20th century
Medium: Wood, pigment, iron, plant fiber
Dimensions: H x W x D: 101.6 x 17.1 x 12.7 cm (40 x 6 3/4 x 5 in.)
Credit Line: Gift of Walt Disney World Co., a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company
Geography: Nigeria
Object Number: 2005-6-137
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Exhibited: Currents: Water in African Art

This mask of a water spirit combines a skull-like human head with a crocodile's snout and a fish's tail. When performed at annual festivals, it is worn horizontally on top of the dancer's head, its imagery facing the sky alluding to the spirits' view from their underwater abode. Water spirits are associated with positive aspects of change, new objects, new wealth and new ideas.

Paul and Ruth Tishman, New York, -- to 1984


Currents: Water in African Art, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., June 2016-ongoing



Artful Animals, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., July 1, 2009-July 25, 2010



African Vision: The Walt Disney-Tishman African Art Collection, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., February 15, 2007-March 31, 2009


Kreamer, Christine Mullen, Bryna Freyer and Andrea Nicolls. 2007. African Vision: The Walt Disney-Tishman African Art Collection. Washington, D.C.: National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, pp. 176-177, no. 57.


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