Lipiko mask from the Makonde

Tanzania, Africa
Tanzania, Africa

The famous Lipiko mask from the Makonde people projects a kind of stylized realism that is unique in African masks. This is a plain one without scarification or applied hair, but with an especially strong and well executed form. From a purely sculptural standpoint, it doesn’t get much better than this. The mask, which slips completely over the dancers head and rests on the shoulders, is about 12 inches deep. aaaMystrySolvd-788-sLipiko masks are very different from any other African art and are hard for some collectors to appreciate. Sometimes I like to dig up something different to share with my followers. How do you feel about this mask?  Bob, 788

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