Very old NIYAU face mask - CHEWA Malawi

Very old NIYAU face mask - CHEWA Malawi
First half 20th century - Good condition - TRIBAL USED

Stunning and old NIYAU dance mask.
The Niyau society was a secret society among the Chewa popuation.
This mask is a worn face mask, used in the NIYAU dances.
Niyau dances were considered religius dances and were danced to make a communication with the ancestral world. The masks were representing spirits and death ancestors. Often they had a scary appearance.

Condition, good with an ear missing...some wear and tear....please have a good look at the pictures as they are part of the description.
Sold without stand

Provenance Old french collection

Origine: Malawi
Height: ca 18,5cm


This lot will be send by track and trace and signed for.

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