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Makonde Helmet Clay Mask

$1,100 SGD

Materials: Clay

Circa 1990s.

  • Height: 9 inches
  • Width: 7.5 inches
  • Depth: 9 inches

This is a fabulous Old Makonde "Lipiko" Clay Helmet Mask from Southern Tanzania and Northeast Mozambique. The lipiko masks, which in the language of the Makonde people means “helmet mask. The most important carving used in initiation ceremonies was the lipiko, which was worn over the top of the head, tilted back so the wearer could look out through the mouth. The masks sometimes represent ancestral spirits, sometimes animals. The ancestors come back masked in order to express their joy at the successful achievement of initiation. This is a one of a kind unique Makonde Mask which would be a wonderful addition to your home or collection.


Shows age and Natural Wear

13.5 Inches Tall on Stand

*This item ships from America. 

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