- Sirikye, Nafana, Africa, 1930-
- Born: Sorobango, Côte d'Ivoire
CountryGhana, Côte d'Ivoire
Mediumwood, paint, and metal
Credit LineNative Arts acquisition funds
Sirikye (Nafana, born 1930), Bedu mask, about 1960. Wood, paint, and metal; 96 ¾ x 29 ½ x 4 1/8 in. Denver Art Museum: Native Arts acquisition funds, 1997.43
Dimensionsheight: 96 3/4 in, 245.745 cm; width: 29 1/2 in, 74.93 cm; depth: 4 1/8 in, 10.4775 cm
InscriptionGold and black "31" sticker at brace for head.
CollectionArts of Africa
Once a year, dancers don giant masks representing Bedu, an animal spirit that lives in the wilderness. They perform acrobatic dances, model ideal conduct, and chide villagers who have misbehaved during the year. The artist Sirikye defined the look of these masks, which feature large round faces, triangular mouths, and geometric patterns.
Known ProvenanceCollection of Rocky Mountain Regional Conservation Center before 1997; Denver Art Museum purchase 1997
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