Detail View: ADJUNCT MODULE D: WORLD ART: Suah Buah (Large Dance Mask)

Collection: 
ADJUNCT MODULE D: WORLD ART
Preferred Title: 
Suah Buah (Large Dance Mask)
Image View: 
Mask, looking at the front with the mouth or duck-like bill pointing down
Creator: 
unknown (Mambila sculptor)
Location: 
exhibition: Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Montréal, Québec, Canada)
Location Note: 
From Africa to the Americas: Face-to-Face Picasso, Past and Present (2018 exhibition)
Date: 
19th-20th centuries (creation)
Cultural Context: 
Mambila; Nigerian; West African (general)
Style Period: 
Mambila
Work Type 1: 
ceremonial mask
Work Type 2: 
sculpture (visual work)
Classification: 
Sculpture and Installations
Material: 
pigment; blackened wood
Technique: 
carving (processes); painting and painting techniques
Subjects: 
abstraction; animal; dance; ceremony; zoomorphic; ritual
Description: 
The Mambila speaking people of Nigeria live on the Mambilla plateau with a small population also in Camaroon. The Suah Buah zoomorphic masks are worn on the top of the head and are carved for use in initiation. Most of these are characterized by red ocher paint that is applied, along with white chalk on a soot blackened background. They are characterized by backward curving horns and open duck-like bills. (Source: Art and Life in Africa (University of Iowa) [website]; https://africa.uima.uiowa.edu/)
Collection: 
Archivision Adjunct Module D: World Art
Identifier: 
7A3-AFRICAN-FAFFM-SDD-A01
Rights: 
© Scott Gilchrist, Archivision, Inc.