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|Body mask NDIMU|
Region: Tanzania / Mozambique
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.