Gothamgallery Fine African Art - Tanzania Makua Tribal Mask
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Superb Tanzania Makua Tribal Mask
Height: 23.5 Centimeters
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Estimated Early 20th Century Fair Highly stylized exaggerated features simple carving aged surface US East Coast - Estimated $12.00 Exact rate use shipping calculator
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Wood deterioration, worn areas, chips and scrapes, larger chips to back edge, age cracks, overall condition fair. Thank you and please view my other items.
The Makua are famous for their half helmet-shaped mask, which is stylistically related to the Makonde. They were probably carried at the end of long poles during initiation ceremonies. In addition to these helmet masks, they also made some clay and some wooden face masks.
Painter Fred Uhlman words - Most of the artists I admired, Picasso, Modigliani, Deraini, to mention only a few, had collected African art and had been profoundly influenced by it. Shortly afterwards I bought the Baule Fetish and the Baule bobbin which are still two of the finest pieces in my collection. It is easy to see why I bought them and why from that moment I have never stopped collecting. The head of the bobbin or heddle - pulley which is after all only a functional object for the purpose of weaving seemed to me then and today as beautiful as a Greek goddess. The fetish moved me as deeply as the bobbin by its silent tragic dignity and its air of profound meditation.
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