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© Man Ray Trust ARS-ADAGP

Man Ray
American, Paris, 1926
Gelatin silver print
4 3/8 x 3 1/16 in.
86.XM.626.14

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This elegant photograph of Kiki (Alice Prin) posing with an African ceremonial mask invites the viewer to contrast the two elongated faces. Man Ray's title is a playful reference to the black-and-white photographic process as well as to the two heads. The image reflects the contemporary vogue for the arts of Africa and Man Ray's lifelong interest in masks.