This is a very strong object.
A "hand" mask
and ancestor figure, carved from ceremonial cam wood with Kuba incision
patterns and embedded cowrie shells.
thick x 8 1/2" long
9 1/2" high on stand
at Owensboro Museum
of Fine Art, 1995
Cam wood is a deep red, used as
a decorative material when ground
and highly valued in it's natural state. It is unusaul to find a
specimen of it this sizable, especially in a carved object.
Maker unknown ~ age uncertain
Acquired in 1991