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Lipiko Mask

Arts of Africa

On View: Double Take Installation, East Gallery, 1st Floor
Lipiko masks are used by the Makonde at boys’ and girls’ initiation ceremonies to represent spirits. The masks are noteworthy for their realism, each depicting details of a particular facial type and hairstyle. Lipiko masks are often caricatures representing members of neighboring groups, religious leaders, and colonial officials.
MEDIUM Wood, human hair, fiber, pigment
DATES 19th century
DIMENSIONS 13 x 10 1/4 x 11 1/4 in. (33 x 26 x 28.6 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of Africa
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Double Take Installation, East Gallery, 1st Floor
CREDIT LINE Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund
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CAPTION Makonde. Lipiko Mask, 19th century. Wood, human hair, fiber, pigment, 13 x 10 1/4 x 11 1/4 in. (33 x 26 x 28.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund, 22.1588. Creative Commons-BY
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Wooden mask, helmet type of heroic size. Soft wood colored a brick-red shade. Human hair (probably) fixed to the top head, beard attached to chin. Protruding lips, flattened nose, rounded forehead. Ears carved into fan-like shapes.
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