This Lwena mask with a complete fiber coiffe was collecte 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.
Size: H=29. No stand included. Wood, white red and blue beads, cowrie shells, red and black fibers , cane, raffia, red tokula powder earth.
Fine ritual scarification show the beauty of a young girl, teeth finely and detailed carved.
Exhibited in Paris.
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".
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 since 1992.
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- 2nd half 20th century
- Vintage - used with visible signs of wear
- Sold with stand
- 29×29×14 cm