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Mask - Wood - Lwena - NO RESERVE PRICE - Chokwe - Angola

Mask - Wood - Lwena - NO RESERVE PRICE - Chokwe - Angola

Lwena Pwo mask with a complete fiber coiffe representing a beautiful women.

Wood, fibers, white red and blue beads, cowries shells, tokula powder. Scarification's in relief, hard wood.
Size: H=29cm and 37 cm on the custom made stand in metal included in your package.
Estimated age: 1950's.

PROVENANCE: This mask was collected in the 1970's by L'eon B'asjrach who did field work as anthropologist with François Neyt, and published an article about Ikhokos in the Tribal Arts magazine.

The Lwena Pwo mask represent the ideal beautiful women.

Fine ritual scarification show the beauty of a young girl, teeth finely and detailed carved.

Like the famous pwo masks of the neighboring Chokwe, Lwena pwevo dance masks were part of a complex masquerade practice which was integral to pre-colonial Lwena cosmology. Owing to the small population of the Lwena people, as compared to the surviving arts of the populous Chokwe, classic Lwena art is extremely rare..

BW ill: Field photo from a 1920's post card featuring a Lwena Pwevo/Pwo performer holding a flywhisk and hand rattle made from a tin can.
The mask dances with the women who clap and sing to musically accompany the performer. Photo from Baltimore Museum of Art From "CHOKWE! - Art and Initiation Among Chokwe and Related Peoples".

David Norden is a third generation antique dealers, dealing in African Art in Antwerp-Belgium since 1992.
All lots from David Norden's collection are sold with a written description of the tribe and David Norden private opinion .
May be viewed or picked up in David Norden's Buy African Antiques Shop in Antwerp.
Please note: seller guarantees the authenticity as described.

Object Mask
Indigenous object name Lwena - NO RESERVE PRICE
Ethnic group/ culture Chokwe
Region/ country Angola
Material Wood
Period 1st half 20th century
Condition Very good condition, slightly used with small signs of wear
Sold with stand Yes
Dimensions 29×26×22 cm
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