Animal Mask; Baule or Guro; 19th-20th century; HU 68.16


Hofstra University Museum


Animal Mask

About this object

African masks were worn with colorful costumes for dances and cermonies that inlcuded music, storytelling, and mime. There are several types of masks, including those that covered the entire head of the wearer; those with long, carved elements that extended up to five feet; and caps that sat on top of the head with cloth, string, or raffia hanging down to cover the face, such as the Animal Mask. This small mask may represent a waterbuck, also known as a roam antelope. When dancing while wearing this mask, the gait of the animal was imitated during the performance.


Baule or Guro

Date Made

19th-20th century

Medium and Materials

Wood, pigment

Place Made

Africa, Cote d'Ivoire


12.25 x 8 x 5.25 in.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Joseph (Dolce) Baird

Object Type

Sculpture, ceremonial mask

Object number

HU 68.16

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