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56. Makonde body mask, Tanzania, wood and pigments, 22" (56 cm)
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56. Makonde body mask, Tanzania, wood and pigments, 22" (56 cm)
  Among the Makonde, part of the festivities to celebrate the coming out of boys after the seclusion period of ritual initiation into manhood included masquerades of the Midimu (singular ndimu) spirit maskers. The female body mask, worn along with an accompanying female face mask (worn by a male dancer) was part of a special ndimu masker called Amwalindembo. The mask represents a young pregnant woman, and the dancer did a slow, gentle dance accompanied by another male ndimu dancer- all this representing the agonies of childbirth.

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