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**Originally Listed At $200**

Africa, Mozambique or Tanzania, Makonde people, ca. early to mid 20th century CE. A large carved wooden mask of a wide-mouthed anthropomorphic figure. The head has a rounded top with an elongated snout, almond-shaped eyes, large flared ears, and an ovoid perforation near the eyebrows. A wide mouth displays two rows of large pointed teeth, a light-red conical tongue, and a thin jaw. The interior cavity is hollowed out for wear, likely by a child given the size, and remains of original green, red, and light-brown paint are still visible. Size: 9" L (22.9 cm).

Provenance: ex-Adeon Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, USA, acquired prior to 1970

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Area of repair to latter part of base. Surface wear commensurate with age, small chips and losses to teeth, jaw, eyes, and ears, with earthen deposits and some mineral deposits throughout.

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20th C. African Makonde Wooden Anthropomorphic Mask

Estimate $250 - $375Jul 30, 2018
Louisville, CO, USA