Visual Analysis Essay

Submitted By sandblitz19
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ARTH-275-0106: Arts of Africa
26 October 2011
Visual Analysis of Helmet Mask The Helmet mask, from the Cross River region of Nigeria, is a mask that was painted and has a triad of faces. This particular mask was from the latter part of the nineteenth century to the early twentieth century. The Ukelle group of the Ejagham peoples created and used this mask in the Cross River region in Nigeria. The purpose of the Helmet mask is be used in ceremonies correlating to a warriors’ association. The mask shows one large male head and two smaller female heads in a three dimensional triadic formation. For a full analysis of what this artifact, one must fully acknowledge its condition, medium, size, shape, color, treatment and style. Three different mediums can be seen when observing the Helmet mask. The first and most noticeable medium has to be the carved wood that is used as a base. The condition of the mask’s wood base shows heavy signs of usage from its share of faded texture and scratches. Securely lodged on top the wood base is the second medium. Brass is cast to form three separate faces, which are then fused together in to a three dimensional triadic formation. The faces’ conditions also depict indications of heavy usage through scratches and discoloration on the brass. The third medium is additive materials used to decorate and join the top cavity, otherwise left gapping, at the top of the mask. Antelope skin is added to make a covering for the fused heads. Nails as well as Porcupine quills are used as decorative additive art. The Antelope skin is wrinkled and faded, but still in great condition. The carved nails are used as teeth for the faces are still in observable condition. The Porcupine quills were once able to be observed, but due to unknown conditions it is no longer displayed. More