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makishi mask
  • unknown Chokwe maker
  • makishi mask, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: Angola
  • bark cloth, wood, plant fiber, paint
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 43 x 40 x 49 cm depth is chin to back of right flap
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 16 7/8 x 15 3/4 x 19 1/4 in depth is chin to back of right flap
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 0000.1695
Label Text

Mask constructed by stretching dark brown bark cloth over an armature of wood. The top of the head is round, and a larger than life sized face extends down. There are two large "U" shaped flaps that are directed posteriorly and cover the top of the head, extending a little beyond it. The bark cloth is whip stitched at the edge of the armature and painted. The flaps have a red and white "X" and "V" shapes. Slits are cut for the eyes and mouth, and a barkcloth cone is added for the nose. There are red and white outlines around the orifices and red and white dots lateral to the eyes, the nose directly between them. The remainder of the face is filled with red and white lines mimicking the central shape.