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Nepalese mask. "Masks allowed the wearer to momentarily relieve themselves of their extremely dishonest everyday ‘masquerade’ of being a secure, sound, well-adjusted, happy person, and let the truth out, which could be very therapeutic for both the wearer and the observer." Jeremy Griffith

Alexander Peden's mask in the collection of the National Museum of Scotland. From the mid-1600s. Made of leather, fabric and real human hair.

'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).