Very Large Mid-20th Century African Tribal Mask For Sale
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Very Large Mid-20th Century African Tribal Mask

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Magnificent African tribal mask hand-carved and constructed with copper and wood. Decorated with elaborate shells, and colorful tribal designs. Very Large and heavy. Exact origins are unknown, however, this large decorative piece resembles colors from the powerful and legendary Maasai people group of Africa is one of the most famous groups in African culture. While they are more commonly associated with Kenya, they are also located in Tanzania. They are known for their highly-skilled warriors and their cattle-herding abilities. In fact, in Maasai culture, a man’s wealth is measured in terms of cattle and children. A herd of 50 cattle is a respectable amount, and the more children the better! Masks like the one shown were historically used in traditional tribal ceremonies to scare opponents of the Maasai people. Because the Maasai are nomadic, they don’t have the ancestor cults that many African people groups do. They don’t hold any beliefs in survival after death – which is one of the reasons they do not bury their dead. In many African cultures, masks are used in rituals to honor the ancestors, but in Maasai culture the masks were historically worn in traditional ceremonies including celebrations, initiations, crop harvests, and war preparations. The masks often represented the spirits of mythological beings, animals, or spirits.  

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  • Production Time
    Available Now
  • Place of Origin
    Kenya
  • Date of Manufacture
    20th Century
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 3.75 in. x W 21.50 in. x D 27.50 in.H 9.53 cm x W 54.61 cm x D 69.85 cm
  • Seller Location
    Arles, FR
  • Reference Number
    LU4082112595092
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