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Elegantly Carved Sukuma Mask 13″ on Stand – Tanzania -African Art

$600.00

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This Sukuma mask was elegantly carved with light scarification. It comes with a custom stand for easy display. The mask measures 9.5 inches tall, 13 inches including stand, and weighs 1 pound. There is a small hole on the top left. Some cracking, scuffing and wear and tear throughout – please inspect photos.

Type of Object

Face Mask

Country of Origin

Tanzania

Ethnicity

Sukuma

Material

Wood, Pigment

Approximate Age

Unknown

Height

9.5" mask | 13" on stand

Width

7"

Depth

4.5"

Weight

1 lb mask | 1.5 lbs including stand

Overall Condition

Small hole on top left. Some cracking, scuffing and wear and tear.

Tribe Information

About the Sukuma People

“The Sukuma people are a comparatively large tribe and number approximately one million. They live in small villages in the northern part of Tanzania, each of which is headed by a chief who is also a sorcerer and whose power is counterbalanced by secret societies.”

Additional Information

About Sukuma Masks

Sukuma masks have a fearful expression, exaggerated features, including applied eyebrows, and a beard and moustache, and, like their statues, have a weathered patina. In common with the Amabela, Sukuma masks were also employed during dance ceremonies in the dry season. Steatopygous terracotta figures with a small head and hands resting on their hips and long ivory necklaces were also made by Sukuma craftsmen. “

Source:
Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1998. Print.