Moon Masque

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Topic
Abstract
Landscape\celestial\moon
Ethnic\African
Dress\costume\mask
Data Source
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Artist
Loïs Mailou Jones, born Boston, MA 1905-died Washington, DC 1998
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of the artist
Medium
oil and collage on canvas
Dimensions
41 x 30 1/8 in. (104.1 x 76.4 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Date
1971
Description
At the center of Moon Masque is a papier-mâché replica of a heart-shaped white Kwele mask from Zaire surrounded by masklike profiles and designs drawn from Ethiopian textiles. Though stylized, the faces resemble actual individuals whose profiles are juxtaposed with tears falling from the eyes of the mask. It is tempting to speculate that the mask, representing heritage and tradition, weeps for the situation of contemporary African peoples.
African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond, 2012
Type
Painting-Mixed Media
Object number
2006.24.5