Female Ancestral Mask (Ndoli Jowi/Nòwo)


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)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James M. Osborn for the Linton Collection of African Art

Accession Number



20th century


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Dr. Ralph Linton (1893–1953), by 1953 [see note 1]; by descent to his wife, Adelin Hohlfield Linton (1899–1977); sold to Marie-Louise Montgomery Osborn (1905–1968) and James Marshall Osborn (1906–1976), 1954; given to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.,1959

Note 1: Ralph Linton was the Sterling Professor of Anthropology at Yale from 1946 until his death in 1953.
  • Sarah Adams, Call and Response: Journeys of African Art, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2000), 70–71, fig. 39.
  • Warren M. Robbins, African Art in American Collections (New York: Frederick A. Praeger, 1966), 75, fig. 55.
  • Hans Himmelheber, Negerkunst und Negerkünstler (Braunschweig, Germany: Klinkhardt & Biermann, 1960), 132, fig. 115.
  • Ralph Linton, The Linton Collection of African Sculpture: An Exhibition, March 13 through April 18, 1954, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1954), no. 14, ill.
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Object/Work type

ceremonial objects, masks (costume)



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