Carved mask ; 97/197/48


Te Manawa


Carved mask

About this object

One of a collection of masks gathered by Professor Keith Westhead Thomson, Dean of Social Sciences at Massey University on its establishment in 1966 . These masks were acquired during Professor Thomson's international travels -this one in particular was brought during the proffessors visit to Paris for the I.G.U conference.

Place Made


Medium and Materials

wood, teeth.

Inscription and Marks

The back of the mask is inscribed with the name J. Saboiz, indicating a maker or owner.


250 mm high, 145 mm wide, 70 mm deep

Subject and Association Description

This carved wooden mask is complete with three human teeth! It was most likely made for an old Swiss tradition called Tschäggätta. This originated in Canton Valais in the Rhone Valley, and takes place in February of each year in relation to Ash Wednesday. Here young unmarried men roam the streets wearing the masks, tunics made of materials such as sheep or goat skins and sooty gloves. They ring cowbells jumping out of unexpected places, swiping at passers by, specifically the young woman, children and these days even tourists!

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