This Makonde mask has an eerily realistic look about it. His face and head are completely encased in leather with hair attached to the top of his head. The mask is 10 inches tall and weighs 2.5 pounds.
Leather Wrapped Makonde Face Mask 10″ – Tanzania – African Art
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Wood, pigment, fabric, vegetable fiber, hair, leather
Imperfections and wear and tear. See photos or inquire for more information.
About the Makonde People
“The Makonde people belong to the Bantu people who originally lived in the south of Lake Nyassa and later migrated to their present location on the Mueda plateau in the northern Mozambique. They survive economically from farming and, occasionally, cattle rearing.
Makonde carvers are prolific producers of masks, statues and decorative objects.
Makonde sculptures measure from 20 to 80 cm in height, are carved as standing men or women, represent ancestors, and have apotropaic functions.”
Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1998. Print.