mini makonde body mask carving
size: 17" (43.2 cm)
Among the makonde of Southern Tanzania, the masking traditions are linked to the initiation ceremonies of adolescent boys and girl, to prepare them for their future roles of husbands and wives. In the performances held at the end of the isolation period, the dancers dance and pantomime relations between the sexes or embody various characters, each topic being represented by a particular mask type.
The above carving is contemporary and made for the resale market.