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Animal-head mask (hippopotamus ?) for Nyau masquerade made of wood painted grey, with details in white and black. Inner ears, nostrils, mouth and pupils of eyes in red. Nostrils and ears are erect, eyes protrude from head, mouth open to reveal teeth. Hemp ? sacking nailed around mask, overlaid with 'skirt' of natural-coloured bark fibre ?.
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Height: 37 centimetres
Width: 41 centimetres
Depth: 82 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 collected on behalf of vendor by Claude Boucher of Mua Mission. Carved in November 1992 by Roberti James. Collected in 1992.
- Not on display
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- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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