Q: You may remember me – I sold you the field-collected yellow Makonde mask from Mandela, Mozambique. (I did my fieldwork among the Makonde in 2004) I think the Makonde mask with mustache and blue skull cap is pretty interesting and wonder if you have additional photos of it. Is it yours? I’d love to know more about it, and see more views of it. Thanks, Alex
A: I will send you more photos. In the meantime, here is what little I know about it. I bought it 15 years ago from a source that knew nothing. It is pretty beat up with scratches and sweat stains, plus some native repairs inside. I think it represents and Arab or Asian merchant. It still is a good looking Lipiko and I like the fact that it is well used. Perhaps someone will offer an opinion.