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Rare Ngindo mask, Tanzania

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Rare Ngindo mask, Tanzania
Very similar in style to the mask shown on page 496 of the definitive work on East African art, Tanzania, Master Works of African Art. There is a suggestion of residual pigment in the worn scarification on the cheeks. The surface is rough textured and appears to have been darkened with a mixture of ash and oil. There is an old crack on the left facing cheek and a small rim loss, as shown. In addition, there are two hand carved, rectangular holes for attaching a head band. The interior appears to have been adze carved and shows signs of wear. Little is known about the Ngindo and the use of this scarce mask is uncertain. Mid 20th C. Size 10" x 6.5.


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