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Makonde Belly Mask (N° 21144)
In addition to the African masks facial masks worn during mapiko dances and ngoma ceremonies that instruct young people about the requirements of marriage and family life, the Makonde also produce body masks featuring the female bust, such as this small-format example.
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Height on base: 47 cm.
Young Makonde boys and girls must undergo a period of seclusion of about six months, during which they are taught songs, dances and practical activities. The rules of adult behavior, sexual life, and the obligations of marriage are discussed. This initiation ended with festive ceremonies featuring male dancers midimu (sing. ndimu ). The latter, wearing a feminine mask matched with a costume, the whole of which is called amwalindembo, mimicked the suffering accompanying childbirth.
Satin patina, small abrasions.
Source: "Africa, the Art of a continent" ed. Prestel
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