|Title:||Makonde African Mask?|
|Date/Era/Period:||Late 19th century-20th century|
Appears to be a ceremonial mask worn by a leader of a Makonde tribe in Southern Africa.The mask has been composed of naturalistic materials including wood, raffia and bark from a tree. The condition of the mask is in excellent condition.
|Condition:||Mask appears to be in excellent condition. No specific cracks to speak of. Has some encrustation. Blackish brown color|
|Origin:||Belongs to a local businessman and amateur collector. Travels to Africa once a year for last 20 years. Has an office near where the mask was purchased|
|Appraised By:||Rachael Goldman|
|Appraiser Comments:||This mask actually represents a good amount of information from the Southern African peoples which relied on natural materials in order to commune with the spiritual forces and relationship to the judgement of people. These types of masks would actually be a way for the shaman of the tribe or the leader to transform into a liminal world and creation.
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