Bedu mask

Bedu mask

about 1960
Artist
Sirikye, Nafana, Africa, 1930-
Born: Sorobango, Côte d'Ivoire
Culture
Nafana
Country
Ghana, Côte d'Ivoire
mask
wood, paint, and metal
Native Arts acquisition funds
1997.43

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

Dimensions
height: 96 3/4 in, 245.745 cm; width: 29 1/2 in, 74.93 cm; depth: 4 1/8 in, 10.4775 cm
Inscription
Gold and black "31" sticker at brace for head.
Department
Native Arts
Collection
African Art
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.

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