Makonde Lipiko Mask (helmet) Tanzania
Etnografic en tribal art.
Good condition period before 1950
Unusually realistic for traditional African art, the helmet mask -called Lipiko (single one) and mapiko (more than one) - are notable for their strong, portrait-like features. Many have open mouths with bared teeth, large ears or lip plugs. They are used in the mapiko dance, the name of the terrifying force which performs in it, and also the name given to one of the stages of male initiation, when the initiate is introduced into the secrets of the Mapiko (adulthood).
This helmet mask is made / eroded from a single piece of tree trunk. The mask is original including the color scheme but the colors have become little dull over the years.
Height: 23 cm
Width : 28 cm
Depth: 33 cm
State of preservation: in its original condition. Condition is pretty good considering the age; here and there cracks in the wood inside but that is inevitable.
Provenance: former private collection, the Netherlands.
You can pick up the mask; it could be sent to you at your account en risk. The mask (helmet) will be carefully packaged.