Small in size,masks such as this, which display a distinctive form with elongated ears or horns, can be found among the Mwera, Makonde and Makua cultures in southern Tanzania, Mozambique and Malawi. 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 during rituals, these masks were owned by hunters or traditional healers, and often used traditionally as fetish masks. As a result of touching and handling the mask has devolved a deep worn patina in parts around the raised areas of the face.
Estimated Period: Mid-20th Century or Before
W: 12 cm
H: 30 cm (from bottom of mask to top of ears)
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