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Makonde Lipoko Mask
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Striking realism for this African mask Makonde embodying an ancestral spirit. The ancestors would come back masked to mark their satisfaction following the initiation. The mouth is represented with a labret. The incised patterns refer to the traditional tattoos and scarifications of the Makonde. Maroon patina. Abrasions.
The Makonde of northern Mozambique and southern Tanzania wore helmet masks called lipiko during initiation ceremonies for young men. The Makonde worship an ancestor , which explains the abundance of naturalistic female statuary. In addition to the facial masks worn during mapiko dances and ngoma ceremonies that instruct youth about the requirements of marriage and family life. the Makonde also produce body masks featuring the female bust. (Art and Life ...

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Female figure Makonde Lisinamu
Tribal art > African Statues > Makonde tatue

Ex-collection African tribal art American.
.Figure adorned with jewels, in dance position, bust stretched forward, arms free of the body and legs half bent. The broad face presents the traditional deformation of the lips due to the labret. Tattoos on 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 carved a female image that became the mother of his children and has been venerated ever since. Semi-matt patina, cracks of desiccation and missing on one /> The Makonde, a matrilineal Bantu population from northern Mozambique and southern Tanzania, wore masks called lipiko, mapiko , during initiation ceremonies for young ...

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