Elephant Mask

Idoma, 20th century
Painted wood

Treatment required the recreation of missing elements to complete sculptural forms. The man’s arm and the cheetah’s tail were carved from light-weight foam, glued in place and covered with paper. The paper was toned with paints to match the adjacent object surfaces. Holes caused by insects were also disguised with toned paper. These repairs are readily distinguishable and easily reversible. Dirt was also reduced from the bright white paint.