- Museum number
Animal mask (chimbano) for Nyau masquerade, the main part (a) made of wood painted black. Inside of mouth painted red, teeth incised. Remains of fur on eyebrows and lower eyelids. Two holes on top of head for insertion of horns (now missing). White-painted metal coathanger partially inserted through holes, rest bent inside mask. Animal skin (b) with attached fur now separate from wood mask. Plastic raffia sacking lines inside of skin. Blue synthetic fur fabric attached to lower edge of raffia. Danced as pair with no.67 in collection.
- Production date
Height: 11.50 centimetres (a)
Height: 15 centimetres (b)
Width: 19 centimetres (a)
Width: 28 centimetres (b)
Depth: 27.50 centimetres (a)
Depth: 31 centimetres (b)
- 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. Collected in 1988. Nyau is a men's semi-secret masked association whose major function is to perform masquerades at funerary ceremonies.
Pair with Af1993,09.67
- Not on display
- Fair, skin and raffia backing is detached and damaged.
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number