Makonde Body Mask

Makonde Body Mask

Artist: Unknown Makonde artist

Name: Lipiko? female body mask

Origin: Makonde people of Northeast Mozambique and Southern Tanzania

Made of: Wood (ntene) and pigment

Dimensions: H: 24 3/8” (62cm); W: 20” (50.8 cm); D: 7” (17.9 cm)

From: Gift of Oliver and Pamela Cobb 2008

Accession no. 2008-02-006

On display in the PLU’s Mortvedt Library (2nd floor)

Northeast Mozambique and Southern Tanzania

Description:  The mask is representative of a pregnant female showing the front relief of a large protruding stomach and two rounded breasts. Along the edge of the mask are various holes, some appearing to be purposefully made while others likely due to decay. The mask has several layers of color starting with dark brown layer along the edges, followed by a light brown layer and a reddish layer at the center. There is also a black splotch on the stomach above the belly bottom.