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. The hair on top of the head is missing.
Dimensions (without stand): Height 22 x Width 24 x Depth 20 cm
Weight: 680 gram
Provenance: Ex private collection from Belgium. Collected in the period 1953 – 1959 (More details provided to buyer).
Sold with a certificate of authenticity.
Stand is not included.
Fully insured shipping.
May as well be viewed and picked up at the Asian African Art Gallery in Vessem (NL).