Masks with a similar form – namely, with elongated ears and horns – can be found among the Mwera, Makonde and Makua cultures in southern Tanzania, Mozambique and Malawi.
Masks such as this would have been owned by hunters or traditional healers. As a result of their generally small size, it was not possible for these masks to be worn as face masks. Easy to carry and handle, these masks were often used as fetish masks.
The mask has a small traditional restoration, a binding to a crack secured with tiny red, blue, orange and white glass beads (as shown in the images).
Estimated Period: 1950's - 1960's