This Fipa mask comes from western Tanzania, on the shores of Lake Tanganyika. The mask, carved from a hard brown wood, features a powerful expression. The shape of the eyes and teeth have been created from cut-out and inserted pieces of aluminium. This mask previously belonged to Walter Hekster, a famous Dutch musician and composer who had a keen interest in tribal art from Tanzania and the surrounding region.
Ex Walter Hekster Collection, The Netherlands (Amsterdam) (Published)
Estimated Period: First Half of 20th Century (1940’s – 1950’s)
H (Excl. Stand): 24cm