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Female face mask. The face is carved of wood, and painted with sections of triangle designs or slanted lines. Black and white beading extends from the brow line down the ridge of the nose to the chin, with a single cowrie shell between the eyebrows. The lips are outlined in a string of beads in sections of blue and black. Attached to the mask is woven fibre, decorated with strings of cowrie shells and knotted plant fibre. A small raised form, wrapped in woven material, sits on the top of the head, with strings of various coloured beads hanging down from the form, and a cowrie shell at each end.

History Of Use

The ngady mwaash mask portrays a woman but would be worn in a performance by a man. It honours the role of women and appears in a performance about the creation of the Kuba kingdom. Even back in the nineteenth century Kuba artists made masks not only for their own use but, by employing different styles, also for their neighbours. With European colonization and US exploitation, their already established production was diversified for outside markets.

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