Title: Lipiko Helmet Mask

Date: Mid-20th century
Culture: Makonde (Tanzania/Mozambique)
Material: Carved wood, hair fibers
Size: 8.5” H
Credit: Gift of Dr. David and Karina Rilling
On View: No

Lipiko masks are worn during traditional coming-of-age rituals. The masks are worn tilted, atop one’s head, with the wearer looking out through the “teeth”. Most of the masks feature some degree of scarification—especially “male” masks like this one. Females masks typically have an upper lip ring and are more feminized.

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