MAKONDE HELMET MASK 19

Photograph © Tim Hamill

MAKONDE, HELMET MASK 19, 10", $600, SOLD

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

Despite its appearance, we believe this mask was made to be sold.

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