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Tshimwana Mask

Arts of Africa

The Biombo have been strongly influenced politically and culturally by their neighbors to the north, the Kuba. Like Kuba masks, Biombo masks are worn at funerals and initiations. Masks in both traditions have large slit eyes and painted geometric patterns on the forehead, cheeks and chin. The muted red color seen here is more characteristic of Biombo masks, however.

CULTURE Biombo
MEDIUM Wood, pigment
DATES late 19th or early 20th century
DIMENSIONS 13 9/16 x 8 5/16 x 7 1/2 in. (34.4 x 21.1 x 19.1 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of Africa
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 56.6.10
CREDIT LINE Gift of Arturo and Paul Peralta-Ramos
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Biombo. Tshimwana Mask, late 19th or early 20th century. Wood, pigment, 13 9/16 x 8 5/16 x 7 1/2 in. (34.4 x 21.1 x 19.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Arturo and Paul Peralta-Ramos, 56.6.10. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 56.6.10_PS2.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 56.6.10_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION The object is a mask with outlined scrolls and circles on heavy forehead, protruding eyes with slit openings, a projecting circular mouth, checkerboard patterns on cheeks as well as perforations for costume attachment, and red and white pigment in mouth and eye areas.
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