mask (dance & live theatre)

Dance mask consisting of a wooden section over the face, which is painted red, black, and white, and trimmed witha vegetable fibre 'beard' around the bottom edge. This is topped by strands of black dyed hair or textile representing human hair on top of head, trimmed with wood shavings at the bottom and leaves at the top. A wooden structure, rising above head, is painted red with black and white triangular sections along the sides. The top ends of the wooden structure are trimmed with feathers.

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