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Animal mask (chimbano) for Nyau masquerade made of wood painted black. Inside of mouth painted red, teeth incised and painted white. Eyebrows and lower eyelids of animal fur. Eyeballs of paper applied to inside of mask. Two holes on top of head for insertion of horns (now missing). Animal skin with attached fur nailed to top of mask, plastic raffia sacking lines inside of mask at back. Blue synthetic fur fabric attached to lower jaw through holes in mask. Danced as pair with no.69 in collection.
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Height: 18 centimetres
Width: 25 centimetres
Depth: 37 centimetres
- Curator's comments
For depictions of Nyau masks in Malawi rock art see:
Chimbano (big teeth) is a carved wooden mask with an animal-like face and sharp teeth; worn over the head it resembles a long-snouted wild animal, commonly a pig. (de Aguilar, 1996:122).
All animal constructions are more important or higher in status, role and hierarchy than all other masks (de Aguilar, 1996:115).
See Collection File Af,1993.09. Collection made by the vendor during a period of fieldwork in Malawi, in 1992. Nyau is a men's semi-secret masked association whose major function is to perform masquerades at funerary ceremonies.
Pair with Af1993,09.69
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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