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Lot 0646
**Originally Listed At $650**

Southern Africa, Mozambique or Tanzania, Makonde peoples, ca. mid-20th century CE. A beautiful helmet mask, hand-carved from lightweight wood, depicting a stylized human face with a hollowed-out interior cavity. The intriguing orange-painted face presents with a ringed neck base, cupped ears, enormous lips enclosing a row of thin teeth, a broad nose with flattened nostrils, and slender eyes recessed beneath plateaued brows. Dozens of incised grooves line the top of the head with a sparse coiffure formed from small tufts of human hair which are adhered into place. Size: 9.5" W x 9.1" H (24.1 cm x 23.1 cm).

Provenance: private Los Angeles, California, USA collection

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#145783

Condition

Large but stable fissures along verso, small losses to one eye, neck line, and coiffure hair, with light abrasions to face and neck line, and fading to original pigmentation. Nice earthen deposits throughout.

Starting Bid

$550

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20th C. African Makonde Wooden Helmet Mask w/ Hair

Estimate $1,300 - $1,950
3d
3h
27m
30s
$5500 bids
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