African Makonde Lipico Carved Helmet Mask
African Makonde Lipico Carved Helmet Mask African Makonde Lipico Carved Helmet Mask African Makonde Lipico Carved Helmet Mask African Makonde Lipico Carved Helmet Mask African Makonde Lipico Carved Helmet Mask African Makonde Lipico Carved Helmet Mask African Makonde Lipico Carved Helmet Mask African Makonde Lipico Carved Helmet Mask

African Makonde Lipico Carved Helmet Mask

Ref: S-75-0029
(Northern Mozambique/Southern Tanzania)

An oval stylized human head with pronounced flat curving lips, pointed teeth, geometric scarification and a round pattern of inlaid human hair. Unlike most other African masks, Makonde masks are carved in the round and are meant to be worn on the upper head like a helmet and typically display real human hair and facial scarification. This mask represents Lipico, who is a symbol of fear, and is worn by a young male initiate during the masquerade ceremony.

19th century
W 10 D 10 H 11 in.
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