Antique Rare Makonde Pregnant Belly Fertility Mask, Tanzanian Art

Original price was: $264.00.Current price is: $239.00.

African Art Tribal Makonde Pregnant Belly Fertility Mask

This so-called pregnant belly mask comes from the Makonde people. Women play an important role in Makonde mythology and art. The legend is that a man carved a figure of a woman, fell asleep, and awoke to find that the statue had come to life. She gave him many children, and later became a venerated ancestress. The Makonde have an ancestress cult. Female body masks, depicting a torso with breasts, pregnant belly, and sometimes scarification patterns, promoted fertility.This female body mask was part of the costume of a special ndimu masker called amwalindembo presenting a young pregnant woman. The mask was worn by a man and his performances emphasize the difficulty of childbirth.

This antique and rare Makonde pregnant belly mask is a beautiful piece of Tanzanian art that will make a great addition to your collection. Crafted with intricate details, this mask represents the Makonde culture and is a true representation of the African artistic heritage. The mask is perfect for anyone who wants to add a touch of culture and ethnicity to their collection.

The Measurements are 25 inches by 12.5 inches

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