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Mask - Wood - Mwana Pwo - Chokwe - Angola

Mask - Wood - Mwana Pwo - Chokwe - Angola

A Chokwe mask with braided head cap.

PROVENANCE: Bought in the 1980's by a Belgian dealer Art Lover Patrick .

ORIGIN: Chokwe - Angola.

HEIGHT: 23 cm, 29 cm on the custom made metal stand ( included in your package ).

CONDITION: Red Wood, fibers, coin, metal ring, cowries. Good condition with some tear and wear and minimal small chip missing on the Katanga cross scarification between the eyes on the forehead. ( see pictures) Three cowries shells on the back attached on a stick .

Scarification's on the face under the eyes. At the top of the forehead there is an old coin with inscription "Belgian Congo Belge, Ruanda -Urundi." One metal ring attached at the ear. Cross on forehead.

The Chokwe are well known for art objects produced to celebrate and validate the royal court.

A Very expressive fine contemporary female dance mask Mwana PWO, tribe of the Chokwe, D.R. Congo, Angola

The mask represent the ideal type of woman Mwana PWO.
Artful coiffure of fibers.

The scarification marks, which may duplicate those of the actual woman whose beauty inspired the carver, include the Cingelyengelye design on the forehead. This cruciform design was probably derived from tin pendants traded into the Chokwe region by Portuguese voyagers as early as the seventeenth century.

All our exclusive Art may be viewed or picked up in David Norden's Buy African Antiques Shop in Antwerp, or by appointment.

Despite its old aspect David Norden guarantees this mask was made for decoration and is from the second half XXth century, you will get a written description inside the package.

David Norden is a third generation antique dealers, dealing in African Art in Antwerp-Belgium since 1992.

Object Mask
Indigenous object name Mwana Pwo
Ethnic group/ culture Chokwe
Region/ country Angola
Material Wood
Period 2nd half 20th century
Condition Fair condition, used with visible signs of wear
Sold with stand Yes
Dimensions 23×18×20 cm
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