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Body mask NDIMU

Region: Tanzania / Mozambique
Tribe: Makonde
Age: Newly made

The female body mask was part of the costume of a special masker. It was intended to represent a young pregnant woman. It was usually carved with a swollen abdomen decorated with the typical Makonde raised tattoos applied with beeswax - in this case they are carved in relief. They were always worn by a male masquerader together with a matching female face mask. The dancer performed a sedate dance, which dramatised the agonies of childbirth. The dancer was usually accompanied by a male masker. Dramatic scenes depicting various aspects of community life continue to be performed by masked performers during celebrations.

Dimensions: 48x18x15cm