East African art
Very rare on the traditional African art market, Makua masks are characterized by the presence of beards, added teeth and sometimes eyebrows. This is a tradition that is also found among the Makonde.
The small round protruding ears are also characteristic of East African masks.
The copy that I offer here bears the traces of a certain wear and is of a very marked and appreciable style.
They danced in initiation ceremonies not in front of the wearer's face but at the end of a pole that was waved.
The Makua are an ethnic group from the eastern part of Tanzania. They are known for their deep Makonde-like masks.
The stand is included.
- Presumed dating
- 1st half XXth century
- 28 cm (41 cm with support)
- Ethnic group
- Wood, accessories
- Tribal Art Collection United Kingdom
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