About this object

Iconographic meaning

Mami Wata is a water spirit venerated in West, Central, and Southern Africa, as well as the African diaspora in the Americas.

Physical description

Mami Wata mask. Oval pink face mask (part a). On top of the mask sits a yellow figure with movable arms, wearing a black hat and green dress. Also on top are two black circles with mirrors on movable posts and a yellow curved piece with two mirrors. The mask itself has painted black hair, various designs and red lips with white teeth. There are oval openings for the wearer's eyes. A second yellow curved piece with two mirrors is loose (part b). A carved wooden umbrella painted dark brown is part c. The back is unpainted.