Makonde Lipico Helmet Mask
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Makonde Lipico Helmet Mask

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makonde lipico helmet mask

tribe: makonde
country: tanzania
material: wood, hair
size: 12" (30.5 cm)
provenace: scaasi collection
note: stand not included

The Makonde Lipico masks are made of light balsa like wood, are traditionally adorned with human hair, and worn with a cloth tied around the bottom rim that loosely falls over the masquerader. The masks are used in invitation ceremonies, called Lipico, for both boys and girls. Within an initiation ceremony, boys were forced to overpower the masquerader and unmask the Lipico.

Notes on the Scaasi Collection: The bulk of the collection was put together in the 1970's from galleries in the New York area while the collector was living in Greenwich Village. His collecting continued over the years though with a piece added here and there through till the mid to late 1990’s. No documentation exists, the information is from family members.