The Viewing Project: Onabanjo of Itu Meko’s Magbo helmet mask for Oro association and Jan Miense Molenaer’s painting, The Battle between Carnival and Lent

July 6, 2011-January 8, 2012

These two objects, though seemingly very unlike and from two quite different cultures, make an interesting and surprising comparison. Though one is three-dimensional and intended to be worn and the other one is flat and meant to be hung on a wall, they share many qualities. For example, both represent diverse figures with explicit roles in the community. In one case the relationships are harmonious and ordered, and in the other quite chaotic.

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