Makonde Ndimu Likomba mask
Traditional body art in Tanzania
Wooden mask of Makonde origin on which we observe many linear patterns. This African ndimu likumba mask from Tanzania was taken out once a year during the dry season on the occasion of the initiation rites of the likumbi.
The boys were driven away from the village before they transitioned into adulthood as the rainy season approached.
Initiation involves isolation and ends with circumcision, tattooing, filing of teeth and the acquisition of hitherto secret knowledge.
The return to society is marked by the representation of the masquerade.
- Presumed dating
- Mid XXth century
- 23 cm
- Ethnic group
- Tribal art collection France
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