Mask of the Ningindo People, Tanzania
A fine example of a rarely encountered Ningindo Mask. 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.
Despite wear from use and age, this mask is striking. The surface is slightly rough in texture, there are small amounts of the original pigment in the ears and on the left cheek. The right facing cheek shows traditional scarification with the left barley visible from wear. There is a small vertical crack in the left facing cheek and two rectangular, hand carved holes for attaching a head band. Little is known about the traditions of the NIngindo or the use of this mask. Possibly early to mid 20th C. Size: 10" x 6.5"