Schitterend masker - Hout, haar, metaal - Mapiko - Lipiko 22 cm - Makondé - Tanzania / Mozambique

Schitterend masker - Hout, haar, metaal - Mapiko - Lipiko 22 cm - Makondé - Tanzania / Mozambique
2e helft 20e eeuw - Goed

- Private collection, Paris

Called mapiko (plural of lipiko), Mozambican Makonde masks represent ancestral spirits who temporarily return to earth to appear in dances that celebrate the conclusion of the initiation rituals of adolescent boys and girls. Setting this Makonde mask apart from its handful of relatives in American art museums is the engraving in Kiswahili on its cheek that reads “Wakugonga Diteka,” a boastful claim that memorializes the artist’s proper name: Diteka. The use of the Kiswahili language may indicate that the work was carved at the time of labor immigration in what is now Tanzania and that it specifically dates from the 1930s to the 1950s. Regardless of the precise geographic origin of the mask and its exact age, its inscription signals that, like many other examples of traditional African art, this was not the work of an anonymous “craftsman” but rather the creation of an inventive artist who enjoyed fame in his community and was fully aware of his special talents.

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Schitterend masker
Inheemse naam van het object
Mapiko - Lipiko 22 cm
Etnische groep / cultuur
Regio / land
Tanzania / Mozambique
Hout, haar, metaal
2e helft 20e eeuw
Verkocht met standaard
22×25×19 cm
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