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Femal dancer of the Cook Islands

Cook Island traditional dancer - Telling a story through the delicate hand gestures accompanying the hips movements

Africa | Dancer in traditional costume during a Presidential visit.  Ivory Coast.  ca. 1947 || Scanned vintage print.

Dancer in traditional costume during a Presidential visit - Ivory Coast, 1947 - scanned vintage print.

Noh mask, the 3 single lines of hair at the front of the hairline indicate a woman of enormous beauty

"Okame" noh mask, the 3 single lines of hair at the front of the hairline indicate a woman of enormous beauty

Pende Pumbu Mask (Pumbu is deemed the most dangerous and is reserved for only the most powerful chiefs. The Pumbu, unlike the majority of other masks, is only danced on special occasions such as when the chief is seriously ill, in times of illness or famine, when other issues are causing disruption in the community or when the chief feels threatened. Through the dancing of the Pumbu the chief asserts his authority).

This is an African dancing mask called the Pende Pumbu mask. It is reserved for the chief of a tribe and is only danced in times of illness or other hardships. It is the chiefs way of asserting his dominance.