- ... Well, I was looking on the web and some sellers had smallish ones which they suggested were authentic , but I agree this one would just look silly in use,Message 1 of 5 , Apr 26, 2011View SourceJoseph Anderson helpfully comments:
> In my opinion it could not be used as it is far too small. <Well, I was looking on the web and some sellers had smallish ones which they suggested were "authentic", but I agree this one would just look silly in use, so I was expecting someone to confirm that it was a tourist copy. But it is interesting that somebody had rubbed it with something to make the inside edges shiny - presumably to fake use.
I am still curious though why it is yellow (and not brown which seems to be the usual colour). Do list members think that would be mimicking something that had cultural significance, or did its maker simply not know or care about what colour it should have been if it had been real?
(BTW it is not as yellow in "life" as it seems to be in the pictures, it is dull yellow ochre with the brown wood visible in places).
Thanks for looking and for sharing your thoughts
- FWIW, measuring on my own 5 7 body - it is only just 12 or slightly less than 32cm from the top of the breast/pectoral muscle to just below the navel - theMessage 2 of 5 , Apr 26, 2011View SourceFWIW, measuring on my own 5'7"body - it is only just 12" or slightly less than 32cm from the top of the breast/pectoral muscle to just below the navel - the same dimension as the mask. A slight small man would have no problem in a mask of this size
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From: joseph anderson <ironjpa@...>
Sent: Tue, April 26, 2011 10:24:12 AM
Subject: Re: [African_Arts] Re: Makonde body mask - yellow
In my opinion it could not be used as it is far too small. It is probably made as a tourist piece. A nicely done one though.JoeOn Apr 25, 2011, at 4:48 PM, ggrigoryi wrote:
I have posted four pictures of the item I asked about yesterday in the folder "yellow makonde" in case anyone wants to see it
Two questions: why would it be yellow? (Does the colour have any significance?)
Could something this size really have been used, or is it too small?
Note it does have "worn" areas on the back. The slit at the front is a fault in the wood.
Thanks for looking, any thoughts appreciated
--- In African_Arts@yahoogroups.com, "ggrigoryi" <ggrigoryi@...> wrote:
> Hello group,
> is there any reason why an authentic Makonde 'pregnant woman' body mask would be painted yellow (yellow ochre)?
> Would I be right in assuming that one 32cm long is anyway too small to be authentic and must be a tourist piece?
> Thanks for any help and info you can offer...