Ligbi / Triple-Faced Dance Mask / 19th century - 20th centuryLigbi
Triple-Faced Dance Mask
19th century - 20th century

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Creator Name: Ligbi
Creator Nationality: African; West African; Ivorian
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Name-CRT: Ligbi
Title: Triple-Faced Dance Mask
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1800
Creation End Date: 1999
Creation Date: 19th century - 20th century
Object Type: Sculpture
Classification Term: Mask
Materials and Techniques: Wood, pigment
Dimensions: H.14-5/8 x W.5-5/8 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 71.60
Credit Line: Gift of the Maslon Foundation

Triple-faced masks of this type are extremely rare. This example was made to be used in the Do masquerade. The three faces might relate to a ceremonial ability to see into the past, present and future. The male and female figures at the top probably represent an ancestral couple, but the meaning of the animal head below the chin remains unclear.

AMICA ID: MIA_.71.60
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 1999
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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