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Makonde Lipiko mask (N° 21749)

Figurative sculpture for this rare African mask Makonde , Striking realism for this African mask Makonde embodying an ancestral spirit. The ancestors would come back in masks to mark their satisfaction following the initiation. The mouth is shown pierced with a labret. The incised patterns refer to the traditional tattoos and scarifications of the Makonde.
Burgundy patina. Abrasions.

The Makonde of northern Mozambique and southern Tanzania wore helmet masks called lipiko during initiation ceremonies for young people. The Makonde venerate an ancestor, which explains the abundance of naturalistic female statuary. Besides the face masks worn during mapiko dances and ngoma ceremonies which educate young people about the demands of marriage and family life. the Makonde also produce body masks featuring the female bust. embodying an ancestral spirit. The ancestors would come back in masks to mark their satisfaction following the initiation. Human hair is implanted, giving a certain realism.
Polychrome patina. Abrasions.

The Makonde of northern Mozambique and southern Tanzania wore helmet masks called lipiko during initiation ceremonies for young people. The Makonde venerate an ancestor, which explains the abundance of naturalistic female statuary. Besides the face masks worn during mapiko dances and ngoma ceremonies which educate young people about the demands of marriage and family life. the Makonde also produce body masks featuring the female bust.  

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OriginEx-collection française
EthnyMakonde
CountryMozambique
Material(s)wood, human hairs
Height24
Width18
Weight0.35 Kg
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