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Pipe anthropomorphic maconde (N° 18780)

Ex-collection french african tribal art.

Evoking a human silhouette, this pipe decorated with patterns in relief belonged to a notable makonde. Its fist presents a lustrous patina due to use, while indigenous restorations remain perceptible. A similar example appears on page 202 of "L'Art tribal d'Afrique noire" by J.B. Bacquart (ed. Assouline). Desiccation cracks. Beautiful warm brown satin patina.
The Makonde people of northern Mozambique and southern Tanzania wore masks called lipiko during initiation ceremonies for young people. The Makonde venerate an ancestor, which explains the abundance of naturalist female statuary. In addition to the facial masks worn during mapiko dances and ngoma ceremonies that instruct young people about the requirements of marriage and family life, the Makonde, in addition to an abundance of decorative objects, also produce body masks depicting the female bust. (Art and Life in Africa, C.D. Roy)  

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Originex-collection Cheminal
Weight1.55 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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