Description: Makonde tribe in modern day Mozambique & Tanzania; The Makonde are the most accomplished carvers in Eastern Africa, producing helmet masks in a highly naturalistic manner. Although this carved wood mask with the face in coloured ochre, blue pigment for the beret and the use of human hair is likely to be a unique model of a French Matelot, it is still sculpted in the traditional style.
Location of Origin: Africa
Dimensions: h 23.5cm (9 in)
Primary Classification: Ethnographic & Tribal Arts
Provenance: David McAlpine, Fawby House, Oxford