The Makonde belong to the Bantu people who originally lived south of Lake Nyassa and later migrated to their present location on the Mueda plateau in northern Mozambique. They survive economically from farming and, occasionally, cattle rearing.
Makonde carvers are prolific producers of masks, statues and decorative objects. The most famous Makonde masks are the helmet masks which are used to mark a boy`s initiation into adulthood.
This mask has realistic features, a pierced lip and had the mask was inset with hair.
Overall good condition with a nice aged patina, the hair let lose due to aging.
Provenance: Ex private collection from Belgium.
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May as well be viewed and picked up at the Asian African Art Gallery in Vessem (NL).
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- Mid 20th century
- Good condition, used with some signs of wear
- Sold with stand
- 27×28×18 cm
- 600 g