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Bush Cow mask

Photo: Elizabeth Mann

Bush Cow mask

20th century

Not all animals are models of behavior. One bush cow left an anticipated performance to stalk off to a bare field and dance entirely alone. When asked why the cow danced where no one could see it, a Bwa elder responded, “You know, cows are very, very stupid.”
Wood, natural pigments
Height: 14in. (35.6cm)
Gift of Dr. Oliver E. and Pamela F. Cobb
Provenance: Purchased from William Wright Gallery, New York City
Photo: Elizabeth Mann
Now on view at the Seattle Art Museum

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