Makonde Wood Carved Helmet Mask Tanzania

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Seller: Top-Rated Seller africadirect ✉️ (59,580) 99.7%, Location: Denver, CO, US, Ships to: US & many other countries, Item: 334804083750 Makonde Wood Carved Helmet Mask Tanzania. Brand Unbranded Type of Object Mask Country of Origin Tanzania People Makonde Materials Wood, pigment Approximate Age 20th century Height (in) 9 Width (in) 7.5 Depth (in) 9 Overall Condition Fair. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners. Damage/Repair Chipped edge, surface wear, scratches and dirt. The Makonde of Tanzania and Mozambique are one of the most prolific art producing peoples in eastern Africa. One of the most prominent of these arts are the life size helmet masks called Lipico, which are worn on the top of the head partially covering the face and slightly tipped upward so that the dancer can see. Masks play a prominent role in Makonde life, serving to mark the end of the initiation and circumcision cycle for boys as they move into manhood. The Lipico masks show a wide range of Makonde life and society as they depict initiates, villagers, coastal Arabs, and colonial officials. Usually, Makonde will embellish their masks with human hair (as on the mask illustrated here). They will sometimes insert pegs for teeth, whiten the eyes, and, in a quest for realism, often show human deformities. Sometimes they have a lip plug, which Makonde men used to wear. They are decorated with patterns of scarification in the form of zig-zag designs on the forehead and on the sides of the face. This elaborate scarification marks various stages of an initiates passage into full maturity and adult responsibility; it literally marks a man's advancement in social, political, and ritual status. This scarification is represented most often by the application of thin lines of wax or, as in this mask, by carving onto the surface of the mask. The wood used in the production of Lipico mask is called njala. **138974** All content, including pictures, Copyright Africa Direct Inc., 2023 Add Us To Your Favorite Sellers! Please visit our About Us page. Africa Direct, Inc. has been selling on eBay since 1997 and has received more than 56,000 positive feedbacks. It is owned by Eliza and Sara, who began the company after spending a year wandering southern Africa in a camper van with their multi-racial family. They have been honored with eBay's Hall of Fame award, and by eBay Giving Works, through which they have raised more than $125,000 in charity auctions. Customer Service : We treasure our many long term customers, and will try to make you one of them! If you have problems, please tell us... we care! Handling Time : We ship daily except Sundays and holidays. Most orders go out the same day, and all go out within 48 hours. Returns : We want you to be happy with your purchase. You're welcome to return an item within 30 days in the same condition you received it--just let us know you're returning it. You may have either a credit or a refund for your purchase price, not including shipping both ways. If your original payment was made through PayPal, we'll refund you through PayPal; if you paid us directly with your credit card, we'll refund the credit card. Combining Shipping : You are welcome to wait to pay, and to combine multiple items for shipping. We ask that you keep each order to 10 days or 10 items, whichever comes first--then start another order. When you're ready, just send us a list of item numbers or an invoice request and we'll send you an invoice. You can pay by Paypal or credit card. U.S. Shipping : Our staff take great care in packing our artwork, much of which is antique, irregularly-shaped, and fragile. The cost of labor and the special packing materials used is reflected in our shipping price. Our U.S. shipping charges also include insurance; we self-insure on smaller orders. For these reasons, our shipping and handling charges may be more than the price of postage. . International Shipping : We ship dozens of international orders each week, to customers on every continent except Antarctica! The shipping charges included in our listings are for U.S. orders. Contact us for shipping charges to your country. We offer uninsured USPS First Class airmail, insured Priority airmail, and insured Express airmail to most parts of the world, depending on the weight, volume, and value of an item. We also ship via FedEx or DHL on request. Import duties, taxes, and charges are NOT INCLUDED in the item price or shipping charges. These charges are the buyer's responsibility. Please check with your country's customs office to determine what these additional costs will be prior to bidding / buying. These charges are normally collected by the delivering freight (shipping) company or when you pick the item up -- do not confuse them for additional shipping charges. And please do not ask us to mark merchandise values below the actual value or mark items as "gifts"--U.S. and International government regulations prohibit such behavior. Newsletter, previews and special offers : Sign up for our newsletter Go to Africa Direct Store author: None, Maker: Makonde Artisan - Africa, style: None, Material: Wood, brand: Unbranded, type: Mask, Color: Brown, Tribe: Makonde, Original/Reproduction: Original

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