Item offered:

Makonde Lipico Helmet Mask
(Tanzania / Mozambique)



From our personal collection, on offer is this riveting, old Lipico mask from the Makonde peoples of Tanzania. Worn on top of the head, the ceremonial Lipico masks are primarily danced during circumcision rituals for boys.

Characterized by strong, human facial features, superb raised & incised scarification patterns accentuate the cheeks, brow, under the eyes, across the upper lip, & along the bridge of the broad nose. Much of the mask's (human) hair is still intact.

Despite a few imperfections in the wood, this outstanding piece is in very good overall condition. As can be seen in the photos, evidence of residue of blue pigment remains & an area has worn through the thin wall of the piece forming a small hole near the mask's left ear. Good patina. A most compelling display.

Estimated to date from the early 20th century, provenance will be provided upon inquiry to the purchaser.

wood, hair, pigments

Approximate dimensions:
8.5" H x 8" W x 12" D

Estimated age:
early 20th century

Total shipping weight:
ca. 6-lbs.
Stand not included - used for
display purposes only.

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