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Scaled down version for this African mask Makonde embodying an ancestral spirit. The ancestors would return masked to mark their satisfaction following initiation. A labret distorts the upper lip. The incised patterns refer to the traditional tattoos and scarifications of the Makonde.
Satin patina.
The Makonde of northern Mozambique and southern Tanzania wore mask-helmets 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 in Africa, C.D. Roy)


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Female figure Makonde Lisinamu
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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 foot.br /> The Makonde, a matrilineal Bantu population from northern Mozambique and southern Tanzania, wore masks called lipiko, mapiko , during initiation ceremonies for young ...

Makonde Lipoko mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Makonde mask

Embodying the spirit of an ancestor, this African mask cephalomorph of the Makonde adopts realistic features of great expressiveness. The ancestors would return masked to mark their satisfaction following initiation. Some of these masks have wax tattoos or scarifications incised into the wood. On some of these masks, such as this one, the implantation of human hair, as with the Tiv, contributed to reinforcing the realistic character.
Satin patina, locally abraded, small accidents. 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 ...


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Makonde Maternity Figure
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It is for aesthetic purposes that the ears, as well as the lips, were deformed with the help of labrets among the Makonde tribal groups. This female effigy with a slender morphology shows an infant. Facial tattoos were drawn with beeswax, and scarified patterns were also printed for aesthetic purposes. This statue symbolizing an ancestor also refers to 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.
Orange-brown patina, residual ochre inlays.
The Makonde, a matrilineal Bantu population of northern Mozambique and southern Tanzania, wore helmet-masks called lipiko, mapiko , during initiation ceremonies for young men. The Makonde venerate an ancestor , which explains the ...


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Makonde Lipoko Mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Makonde mask

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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