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Striking African Tanzania / Mozambique Lipico Mask
Height: 25.5 Centimeters / Width: 26.5 CM / Depth: 34.5 CM
Wood, Hair, Pigment
Early 20th Century
Stylized mask of helmet form realistic features aged surface
US East Coast - Estimated $20.00
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CONDITION Wood deterioration, scrapes and chips, lost of hair, lost of pigment, worn areas, long age cracks, overall condition good. Thank you and please view my other items.BACKGROUND Inhabiting the southeast of Tanzania and the northeast of Mozambique are the Makonde, divided into matrilineal clans, each one comprising several villages. They survive economically from farming and occasionally, cattle rearing. Makonde carvers are prolific producers of masks, statues and decorative objects. The most famous are the Lipico masks, which are used to mark a boy’s initiation into adulthood. Lipico is the name that Makonde men give to the masker of their masquerading association, who is brought from the bush into the village for initiation celebrations. The dances are accompanied by an orchestra of drummers. These masks have realistic features and are often decorated with scarification marks. They are carved with light balsa-like wood and are always worn with a cloth. The lip plug suggests that it is intended to represent a woman elder. 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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