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The Masks’ Appearance, pg. 2 of 2

Overall, the face is generally decorated with horizontal and vertical wedges and triangles, “S” shapes under the eyes and cheeks, and, occasionally, with vertical and/or geometrical designs on the nose. Around the mask’s sides, Griffith identified five types of border decoration patterns (Griffith 1967a) (Fig. 5.5):

  • Unilinear
  • Multilinear
  • Simple Triangles Band
  • Opposed Triangles Band
  • Floral/Animal Design Units

These different decorative elements may be variously painted, incised, carved, and inlaid.

Fig. 5.5a: Unilinear 2005-809-29 (ASM)
Fig. 5.5a: Unilinear
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Fig. 5.5b: Unilinear 2005-809-40 (ASM)
Fig. 5.5b: Unilinear
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Fig. 5.5c: Multilinear 2005-809-21 (ASM)
Fig. 5.5c: Multilinear
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Fig. 5.5d: Simple Triangles Band 2005-809-7 (ASM)
Fig. 5.5d: Simple Triangles Band
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Fig. 5.5e: Opposed Triangles Band 2005-809-19 (ASM)
Fig. 5.5e: Opposed Triangles
Band
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Fig. 5.5f: Opposed Triangles Band 2005-809-13 (ASM)
Fig. 5.5f: Opposed Triangles
Band
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Fig. 5.5g: Floral Design Unit 2005-809-17 (ASM)
Fig. 5.5g: Floral
Design Units
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Fig. 5.5h: Animal Design Unit 2005-809-1 (ASM)
Fig. 5.5h: Animal
Design Units
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Fig. 5.5i: Floral Design Unit 2005-809-2 (ASM)
Fig. 5.5i: Floral Design Units
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