Image of Unknown character
Photographer: Pearl Wong

Unknown character

Wood, painted dull red-brown; hessian rags
Artist: unknown
Country of origin: Malawi
Donor: Doris Neilson
MASK exhibit# 8  Museum ID# M-71

The name of this character is not known. Red is commonly used in gule wamkulu to depict a stranger, either an outsider or a member of the community who has become estranged by his actions.  Many characters wear rags, as rags are the clothing of the dead.