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A closer look at South Africa

A closer look at South Africa At the beginning of November, RAMM was visited by two scholars. Their presence was part of the Designation-funded Africa project to explore a sizeable collection of museum objects from South Africa. Much of this material was beadwork that had been acquired during the early 19th century. Unfortunately, early descriptions of […]

Masks and masking

Masks and masking  by volunteer Rebecca Vicary-Smith   Masks assume a variety of roles and they are present in every society in one form or another. Masks are worn primarily as part of a costume or they can be used as a method of defence. The primary purpose of the masking tradition is to hide the wearer’s […]