Temple Anthropology Laboratory and Museum 

Gladfelter Hall- Lower Level, Temple University

1115 Polett Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19122

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anthlab@temple.edu

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gourd mask

A face mask made of an orange gourd consisting of appliqued beeswax pitch features, faded red and black stained designs, two rows of armadillo scales representing teeth, two yellow feathers in the nose, two holes for eyes and one mouth hole. The nose is above the eyes, with eyebrows made of pitch on either side of the nose. Bits of human hair have been stuck to the lips. This is a male mask. Note on accession card: "strange composition, nose above eyes"