Mask of Mapiko

Unknown author20th century

Museum of Ethnology & Museum of Popular Art

Museum of Ethnology & Museum of Popular Art
Lisboa, Portugal

Helmet mask in wood, with human hair applied on its top. Used by the "Lipiko", the main character of "Mapiko", male initiation rituals of the Makonde. Collected in 1958, by Jorge Dias and Margot Dias, in the scope of the ethnographic field work on this cultural group developed within the scope of the Study Mission on Ethnic Minorities of the Portuguese Overseas Territories (1951-57).


  • Title: Mask of Mapiko
  • Creator: Unknown author
  • Date Created: 20th century
  • Location Created: Makonde Plateau, Cabo Delgado, Mozambique
  • Physical Dimensions: 24 cm x 25 cm x 18 cm
  • Type: Masks
  • Rights: Collection: National Museum of Ethnology. Image: DGPC/ADF
  • Medium: Wood, human hair
  • Catalog number: MNE: AA.025

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