november, 2019

201923nov(nov 23)12:00 am202219jun(jun 19)11:59 pmDallas Museum Of Art | 11/23/19 - 06/19/22 | Historic | Not Visible to the Naked Eye: Inside a Senufo Helmet Mask | Dallas


November 23 (Saturday) 12:00 am - June 19 (Sunday) 11:59 pm


Dallas Museum Of Art

1719 North Harwood Dallas TX 75201


Dallas Museum Of Art 1719 North Harwood Dallas TX 75201

Event Details

Art Exhibition |
Dallas Museum Of Art
1717 North Harwood
Dallas TX 75201


The DMA’s Conservation and Arts of Africa departments, in an exciting and cutting-edge collaboration with UT Southwestern Medical Center, will present CT scans of a Senufo helmet mask from the Museum’s African art collection. This kind of mask is worn like a helmet by a medium at initiations, funerals, harvest celebrations and secret events conducted by the powerful male-only Komo society, which has traditionally maintained social and spiritual harmony in Senufo villages in Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, and Burkina Faso. Visible attachments on the mask include a female figure, cowrie shells, and imported glassware. The CT-scans reveal unexpected materials beneath the surface and objects contained in the attached animal horns that empower the mask.

Dr. Matthew A. Lewis and Dr. Todd Soesbe, faculty members of the Department of Radiology at the Medical School of The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, assisted with this exhibition.

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January 21, 2020
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