Ndimu Makonde mask - SOLD OUT

For the Makonde Tradition has it that this belly reminds of an African Pygmalion. This tummy tummy of a pregnant woman is part of the initiation equipment for young boys. A dance will mimic childbirth. The transition to adult status is done for girls and boys through initiation. The latter are reclusive for several months to exercise at their main future activities. Initiatory rites include training in sexuality and the obligations of conjugal life. After the isolation of boys, festivities are organized, and the return to community life is celebrated by ceremonies; one of the most important, after the circumcision of adolescents, is the release of the Ndimu mask that evokes a young pregnant woman. The suggestive force of this single-piece accessory is due to the appearance of swollen breasts and especially to the shape of the open belly.

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Data sheet

Presumed dating
1st half XXth century
Size
36 x 18 cm
Ethnic group
Makonde
Material(s)
Wood
Country
Mozambique
Origin
Tribal Art Collection Germany
Condition
Excellent

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