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Statue Makondé (N° 18913)

Prolific African art of the Makonde
Statuette with a realistic face, rounded, on which is represented a labret that deformed the upper lip. The tattoos of the face were traced with beeswax, and scarified patterns were also printed for aesthetic purposes. This statue symbolizing an ancestor refers to the creation, according to which the first makonde man would have carved a feminine image that became the mother of his children and is venerated since. Brown patina, mahogany reflections, erosions.
The Makonde, a matrilineal Bantu population from northern Mozambique and southern Tanzania, wore masks called lipiko, mapiko , during initiation ceremonies for young people. The Makonde venerate an ancestor, which explains the abundance of relatively naturalist female statuary. In addition to facial masks, the Makonde also produce body masks depicting the female bust, exalting fertility.  

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Originex-collection allemande
EthnyMakonde
CountryMozambique
Material(s)wood
Height cm42
Width14 cm
Weight1.25 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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