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African Art
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Female Ancestral Mask (Ndoli Jowi/Nòwo)

early to mid-20th century

Ceiba wood and black pigment

13 1/4 × 7 3/8 × 8 7/8 in. (33.7 × 18.8 × 22.5 cm) 13 1/2 × 8 1/2 × 10 in. (34.29 × 21.59 × 25.4 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James M. Osborn for the Linton Collection of African Art
Made in Sierra Leone
Made in Liberia
Not on view
Mende, Sande association
20th century

Dr. Ralph Linton, Sterling Professor of Anthropology at Yale, unknown date–1953
Mr. and Mrs. James M. Osborn donated to Yale University Art Gallery for the Linton Collection of African Art in 1959


The Linton Collection of African Sculpture, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1954), no. 14, ill.

Hans Himmelheber, Negerkunst und Negerkünstler (Braunschweig, Germany: Klinkhardt & Biermann, 1960), 132, fig. 115.

Warren M. Robbins, African Art in American Collections (New York: Frederick A. Praeger, 1966), 75, fig. 55.

Sarah Adams, Call and Response: Journeys of African Art, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2000), 70–71, fig. 39.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.