Lipiko Mask. Makonde. Tanzania.

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Lipiko Mask.
Makonde.
Tanzania.

12” x 8” x 12” tall -
19” tall on stand (included)

The Makonde people inhabit the bordering region of Tanzania and Mozambique. They are a matrilineal society divided into clans governed by a chief and council. The Makonde are known as some of the most expert mask carvers in Africa, with two kinds of masks prevalent in their society. This mask, known as a lipiko, is a helmet mask used primarily for the mapiko dance held at adult initiation rituals for boys and girls and at funerals. The masquerader channels the spirit of dead ancestors through the mask.

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