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Africa, Zambia / Angola / Democratic Republic of the Congo area, Lunda / Chokwe, ca. early 20th century CE. A Makishi Chisaluke mask comprised of burlap, vegetal fibers, branches, and decorations made of red fabric and white paper strips. The abstract visage presents expressive features and beautifully modeled contours, and represents a deity descending from the ancestral realm to connect the present day generation with their forbearers, and is danced at the end of male initiation ceremonies. Custom stand. Size: 9.75" W x 17.5" H (24.8 cm x 44.4 cm); 23" H (58.4 cm) on stand

The Makishi masquerade is the final performance of the mukanda, an annual initiation ceremony for young boys between the ages of eight and twelve. This special ritual is celebrated by the Vaka Chiyama Cha Mukwamayi communities, including the Chokwe, Luvale, Luchazi and Mbunda, cultures that live in the northwestern and western provinces of Zambia. At the beginning of the dry season, the boys depart from their homes and live for several months in an isolated wilderness camp - this isolation representing their symbolic end as children. The mukanda tests their courage and provides valuable lessons fo their future roles as men, fathers, and husbands. Each initiate plays a particular masked character throughout the entire process. The Chisaluke type featured here represents a mighty, powerful and very wealthy man with great spiritual presence and influence.

Provenance: Ex-Private Boulder, CO collection acquired at Indochine Gallery

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Surface wear commensurate with age. Some losses to decorations. Some fraying to fibers and burlap. One branch of the internal frame shows a crack but the visage still holds its form. Overall very good.

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African Chokwe Male Dance Mask - Makishi Wa Chisaluke

Estimate $800 - $1,600Mar 1, 2018
686 S. Taylor Avenue Suite 106
Louisville, CO 80027
United States
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