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Object Name: Mask
Artist: Katoyo or Chindele (foreigner)
Cultural Group: Ngangela or Mbunda peoples
Place of Origin: Angola or Zambia
Date/Era: 19th-20th century
Dimensions: H: 24.0 cm, W: 16.0 cm, D: 5.1 cm (H: 9.4 in, W: 6.3 in, D: 2.0 in)
Credit Line: Museum purchase with funds provided by Jay T. Last.
Accession Number: X2002.33.11
This Katoyo or Chindele mask is carved with an outer ridge that would have once supported an elaborate coiffure behind its top edge and a fiber beard attached to the holes at the bottom. The typically Mbunda forehead wrinkles are incised above one eye only. These lines have been extended vertically, directly above the bridge of the nose, to indicate a form of scarification mark known as kangongo, or ?tail of the mouse.?