24 x 12.
Former Blaise Tribal Art, Brussels.
Mwana Pwo, “beautiful woman”, feminine mask only worn by male dancers.
Presence of diamond-shaped scarifications.
A piece full of emotion and presenting remarkable shapes. When the mask was not worn, it was hung in the hut, that is why we see a cord on the back of the mask. The striations on the cheeks represent the tears of a mother whose daughter is becoming an adult.
The hairdo in cord is still well-present. Wonderful patina.
Cf. CHOKWE, B. Wastiau, 5 Continents, 2006.
Cf. L'âme de l'Afrique: Masques et sculptures, S. Diakonoff, L'amateur, 2008.
Tags: African art, Congo, traditional, primitive, first, mask, figurine, Angola, Luena, Zambia.
- Mwana Pwo mask
- Region/ country
- Mid 20th century
- Vintage - used with visible signs of wear
- Sold with stand
- 24×12×0 cm