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Makonde Mask (N° 23385)
Besides the African face masks worn during mapiko dances and ngoma ceremonies that educate young people about the demands of marriage and life As a family, the Makonde also produce naturalistic body masks depicting the female bust, such as this rare and spectacular life-size example.
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Young Makonde boys and girls must submit to a period of seclusion of about six months, during which they are taught songs, dances and practical activities. The rules of behavior in adulthood, sexual life and the obligations of marriage are discussed. This initiation ended with festive ceremonies featuring male midimu (sing. ndimu) dancers. The latter, wearing a female mask paired with a costume whose ensemble is called amwalindembo, mimicked the suffering accompanying childbirth.
Patina of abraded use, small accidents.
Source: "Africa, the Art of a continent" ed. Prestel
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