Dance masks are sometimes made with a 'bite stick' behind the face, as this one is. The performer holds the stick between his teeth during the ceremony.The main feature of this mask is the rim of short carved spikes edging the face below the ears. The colors are subdued, with light ochre surounding the large eyes. The pupils are represented by small holes, and the mouth is wide open and surrounded by reddish-orange pigment. There are several incised lines and a small vertical comb on the forehead. Remnants of nasa shell and fiber remain on the ears, and on one side of the long, looping nose.
22"H x 9.5"W x 6"D