This is a fabulous Old Makonde "Lipiko" Helmet Mask from Southern Tanzania and Northeast Mozambique. The lipiko masks, which in the language of the Makonde people means “helmet mask. The most important carving used in initiation ceremonies was the lipiko, which was worn over the top of the head, tilted back so the wearer could look out through the mouth. The masks sometimes represent ancestral spirits, sometimes animals. The ancestors come back masked in order to express their joy at the successful achievement of initiation. The lipiko helmet mask, is carved from wild kapok trees, locally called ntene, with the eyes of the dancer looking out through the mouth. This is a one of a kind unique Makonde Mask which would be a wonderful addition to your home or collection.
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