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Costume for Nyau masquerade in form of large animal construction (a) in form of lion (mkhango). Framework of bamboo and cane lengths bound together with raffia, covered with lengths of black-stained sisal elaborately joined at top edges. Upright tail made of metal rod covered with black-stained sisal. Flat face with protruding jaw placed at right angle, made of straw covered with black plastic sacking. Wide open mouth with serrated teeth made of bent lengths of stripped cane ?. Eyes made of lengths of fibre, bound and stitched to sacking in open circles. Top of head surrounded by mass of black-dyed plastic raffia.
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Height: 151 centimetres
Width: 45 centimetres
Depth: 202 centimetres
- Curator's comments
For more on Nyau masquerades see de Aguilar, 1996.
For depictions of Nyau masks in Malawi rock art see:
See Collection File Af,1993.09. Collection made by the vendor during periods of fieldwork in Malawi (1985-6,1988,1990 and 1992). Nyau is a men's semi-secret masked association whose major function is to perform funerary ceremonies. Animal construction made in 1989 under supervision of Mr.Kumanda Kalipindi by his five children. Made for use at funeral, collected in 1992.
- Not on display
- Fair; plastic sacking covering face and jaw is split.
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- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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