A superb example of a Makonde helmet mask. Hand carved and pigmented. The eyes are painted on the inside of the upper lids so the mask appears to blink as moved/tilted back and forth.
This piece was purchased between the 1940s and the 1960s: we can be sure of this as it came from a private collection amassed by a wealthy Kenyan family within this period. It will predate this in terms of its age as the family predominantly collected antique pieces.
A fascinating piece for any collection. One of several purchased from the same collection and listed separately.
Stand not included.
Metal skull is life size for scale
Condition: Where there are specific points to note we will detail these as far as possible but please be aware that all our items have wear commensurate with age and are as seen in the photographs. As seen in the images, but not limited to: some losses, scratches, marks and general wear as seen commensurate with age.