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Indigenous artist, Kru/Grebo people, Liberia and Ivory Coast
Gift from Dwight B. and Anna Cooper Heath in memory of their son David, 2017.301
Purchased from an itinerant African dealer prior to 2010
The story of this mask is the story of a “moving object” and contact between ethnic groups over several centuries. Kru sailors worked as migrant laborers on European ships from the mid-17th century, carrying their culture with them. The style of this and other Kru masks suggest a sharing of ideas among people along the west coast of Africa from Ivory Coast to Cameroon (Douala) with an important fulcrum in the Niger Delta among the Ijo.