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Tanzania, Makonde wood, slightly shiny, blackish brown patina, of oval hollowed form, marked by a voluminous disc-shaped lip plug and big p...

Makonde wood, brown patina, blackened in parts, in shape of a standing female figure with lip plug and inset glass eyes, a round seat with ornamented rim, min. dam., fissures, traces of insect caused damage, slight traces of abrasion, on base; the general denomination for this disc was "pelele". The largest discs were only allowed for women who had given birth to at least seven children. H: 37,5 cm

Africa | Body mask from the Makonde people of Tanzania and Mozambique | Wood, glass beads, shells and natural fiber