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Mask and costume
Mwinilunga, North-Western, Zambia (inhabited place)
basketry (object genre)
split strips of bark
fur (hair material)
pigments (probably clay)
The mask measures 17.8 cm from the forehead to the chin, 22.1 cm across the face at the base of the nose, and 27.9 cm across the face at the bridge of the nose. The nose is 7.6 cm long, the mouth is 6.3 cm across, the right eye is 5.1 cm across, and the left eye is 6.3 cm across. The ridge at the forehead extends from the face about 1.3 cm. The hat part of the mask measures 40.4 cm from the forehead to the end of the hat at the back of the head. The bark-string neck attached to the head measures approximately 53.4 cm long. The rest of the costume is attached to three rings of wood. The first ring is 96.5 cm in circumference and the bottom-most ring is 304.8 cm in circumference. The length of the attached raffia varies.
Mask and costume, probably representing a makishi. The mask is made of painted bark cloth tied on to a basketry frame with bark string. An animal skin is attached to the top of the mask, with the tail hanging down the back. The paint colors used are brown (5 YR 3/1-4/1 dark gray), white, and red (2.5 YR 4/6-5/6 red). The neck is made of woven bark-string in a crochet stitch and the rest of the costume consists of long strips of split wood or bark mounted on three wooden hoops. The face of the mask is painted brown. The eyes and mouth are painted red with a thick white circle around them. There is a red line both at the base of the nose and at its bridge. There is also a red line down the length of the nose and a white line at the bridge. The rest of the face is covered with red and white spots. The forehead, above the ridge, is decorated with a series of red-brown-white--red-brown-white lines and red and white spots. Behind this design, there is a cap of spotted animal fur over the head. Four rows of light brown crochet and four rows of darker brown crochet make up the neck. The rest of the costume consists of long strips of naturally colored split wood or bark. There are over 50 masked makishi (ancestral spirits embodied by men in masks and costumes
singular ikishi) presented by dancers in the Kwidisha part of the Mukanda ceremonies (circumcision rites). The name of this figure was not recorded.
Victor Turner, The Forest of Symbols: Aspects of Ndembu Ritual (Cornell University Press, 1967)
Subjectndembu (african people)
rites and ceremonies
Turner, Victor W., 1920-1983
The animal-skin "cap" has some moth damage and fur loss
Mukanza Village, collected during ethnographic fieldwork by Victor Turner
Ndembu masks and costumes
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