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Human face-shaped mask (chimbebe) for Nyau masquerade made of wood painted black with white painted mouth, outer eye, forehead and scarification marks on chin, cheeks and between eyes. Black plastic raffia openwork sacking is attached to mask with plastic raffia thread. Mask is surrounded by mass of twisted cotton yarn, green, black, blue and clear plastic strips, pink plastic raffia, assorted duck and chicken feathers and black-stained lengths of sisal.
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Height: 77 centimetres
Width: 43 centimetres
Depth: 16 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 masquerades at funerary ceremonies. Mask carved by Mr.Sayinedi of Madziakankhana in March 1992. Collected in 1992.
- Not on display
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- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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