Makonde Lipiko Helmet Mask 10″ – Tanzania – African Art

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This mask was carved in the style of the Makonde people of Tanzania. The mask features a male figure with a lip disc, known as a lipiko mask. It measures 10 inches tall and weighs 1.5 pounds. There is some scuffing and wear and tear throughout – please inspect photos. Stand not included but one can be added for an additional charge.

Type of Object

Mask

Country of Origin

Tanzania

Ethnicity

Makonde

Material

Wood, Pigment

Approximate Age

Unknown

Height (Inches)

10"

Width (Inches)

9"

Depth (Inches)

12.5"

Weight (Pounds)

1.5 lbs

Overall Condition

Some cracking, scuffing and general wear and tear throughout.

Tribe Information

About the Makonde People

The Makonde people reside throughout Tanzania, Mozambique and Kenya. The groups living in Tanzania and Mozambique are divided by the Ruvuma River. Those on the Mozambique side are known as Maconde. The two groups have developed separate languages over time but share certain ideas.
The Makonde are a matrilineal society, meaning inheritances belong to women and typically, the husband will move to the village of his wife. Each village is an individual settlement with their own headman. There is no ruler of all the Makonde peoples.
Due to the remoteness of the Makonde, they did not have contact with the Europeans until the early 1900’s, although there is evidence of involvement with Swahili slave traders for centuries.