MAKONDE HELMET MASKS, Tanzania

This Makonde mask has been vetted as authentic with signs of age and use.

 
Makonde
Mask 28
10" high
$1000


These Makonde masks have been vetted as authentic.

Makonde
Mask 26
9" high
$1000



 Makonde
Mask 29
8.75" high
$1000

 
Makonde
Mask 30
8.5" high
$1000 

Makonde
Mask 31
8.5" high
$1000

Makonde
Mask 23

9" high
$800


Despite their appearance and patina, we believe the heads below were probably made to be sold.

 

Makonde
Mask 2
8.5 high
$400

 

Makonde
Mask 11
8.5" high
$700

Makonde
Mask 16
8.5" high
$700 

Makonde
Mask 18
9" high
$400


Makonde
Mask 21
8" high
$400

Makonde
Mask 22
9" high
$400 

Makonde
Mask 24
9" high
$550

Makonde
Mask 25
8" high
$400 


Makonde
Mask 9
9" high
$450

Makonde
Mask 20

8" high
$450


Photographs © Hamill Gallery

MAKONDE, HELMET MASKS, Tanzania

These unusually realistic heads include strong, portrait-like features, real human hair applied in shaved patterns and raised facial scarification. Masks like these represented an ancestral spirit in initiation ceremonies and served to express their moral code.

"In older masks the coiffure consists of inset human hair and scarifications carved on the face. Worn by young boys over the upper half of their head, the wearer actually looking through the set of teeth, they are worn during the dances they performafter completing their circumcision rites of initiation.  Boys are initiated at an early age in Mozambique, which may explain why the helmet itself is small."  Bonham's catalog 20065 (African, Oceanic & Pre-Columbian Art, 2012)

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