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Face-shaped mask (kabulumbunde) for Nyau masquerade made of plastic raffia sacking stained black around head, with central face area left white. Plain eye holes surmounted by undulating length of sisal ?, stained black, forming eyebrows. Secured with black cotton thread. Mouth of same material, of circular shape. Nylon fabric sewn to bottom of raffia sacking. Red plastic lids from domestic cleaning containers, pierced with three holes, hang from plastic raffia threads on either side of mask. Metal wire pierces forehead of mask, decorated with feathers.
- Production date
Height: 73 centimetres
Width: 38 centimetres
Depth: 6 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 & 1992). Nyau is a men's semi-secret masked association whose major function is to perform masquerades at funerary ceremonies. Mask made by Mr Sayinani in 1991.
- Not on display
- Fair; nylon fabric torn in places.
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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