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Chewa Nyao mask from Malawi (N° 19980)

Ex-collection African tribal art from France.
This African mask comes from the Chewa of Malawi. It is used during the ceremonies of the initiatory society Nyaun or Nyao , an association found in the regions near Lake Malawi: eastern Zambia, western Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe among immigrants from Malawi.
These masks featuring rounded faces are painted in bright colors, such as this Chewa face mask whose features consist of painted almond-shaped eyes, prominent cheeks, a short, slightly upturned nose, and a mouth split into a wide rictus. Local matt polychrome patina. Height on base : 41 cm.  

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Originex-collection française
Height cm28
Width21 cm
Weight0.84 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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