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Mask

MO 63.490
Mask
Maasai people, maker unknown
Tanganyika, Africa
Wood
21 1/2" x 7 1/4" x 2 3/4"
Mask carved from ebony wood. Mask has an elongated face, slender nose, and eyes and mouth cut out. The mouth shows teeth and tongue. The face is highly polished while the hair in contrast is carved with grooved lines to create texture.
This mask was presented to President Kennedy by the Prime Minister of Tanganyika (1961), Julius K. Nyerere during his state visit to the White House on July 15, 1963.
Julius K. Nyerere, Prime Minister of Tanganyika (1961), President of Tanzania (1964-1985)
  • JFKPOF-023-004
  • JFKPOF-046-004
  • JFKPOF-046-006
  • JFKPOF-124a-003
Donated to the United States
JFKSG-MO-1963-490