Mwana Pwo mask - Chokwe - Angola

Mwana Pwo mask - Chokwe - Angola
mid 20th century - Vintage - used with visible signs of wear

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.

Lot details
Mwana Pwo mask
Region/ country
Mid 20th century
Vintage - used with visible signs of wear
Sold with stand
24×12×0 cm
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