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Makonde mask (N° 18988)

The Makonde , a matrilineal Bantu population of northern Mozambique and southern Tanzania, wore mask-casks called lipiko , mapiko , during initiation ceremonies for young men. The Makonde worship an ancestor , which explains the abundance of relatively naturalistic female statuary. In addition to facial masks, midimu , the Makonde also produce body masks featuring the female bust, exalting fertility, which were worn by men.
A fine example coated with a satin red patina, locally encrusted with light dark granular particles.
Makonde carvings refer to an ancestor in connection with creation, the first Makonde man having carved a female image who became the mother of his children, revered ever since.  

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OriginEx-collection française
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm42
Width18 cm
Weight0.43 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle inclusOptional

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