Mask - Wood - Lipico - Makondé - Tanzania

Description
Mask - Wood - Lipico - Makondé - Tanzania
Mid 20th century - Good condition, used with some signs of wear

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.
Masks like these made out of wood are called Lipico and have realistic features, decorated with wax facial scarifications.
Overall good condition with a nice aged patina, clear traces of wear and tear.

Provenance: Ex private collection from Belgium.

Stand is not included.
Shipping within 24 hours after the payment is received. Tracking number will be provided. Signature upon delivery. Fully insured.
May as well be viewed and picked up at the Asian African Art Gallery in Vessem (NL).

Lot details
Object
Mask
Indigenous object name
Lipico
Ethnic group/ culture
Makondé
Region/ country
Tanzania
Material
Wood
Period
Mid 20th century
Condition
Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand
No
Dimensions
21×27×18 cm
Weight
710 g
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