Chihongo Mask - Feathers, Wood - Chokwe - DR Congo

Chihongo Mask - Feathers, Wood - Chokwe - DR Congo
mid 20th century - Good condition, used with some signs of wear

Beautifull stylistic Chihongo mask from the CHOKWE tribe, Angola.
The most popular and best-known entertainment masks are Chihongo, spirit of wealth, and pwo, his consort. Gaunt features, sunken cheeks, and jutting beard of an elder characterize a Chihongo mask. Chihongo was formerly worn only by a chief or by one of his sons as they traveled through their realm exacting tribute in exchange for the protection that the spirit masks gave. Chihongo masks brings prosperity.
The mask is made out of wood and rotan, fabric and feathers. The face is beautifully covered with brown kaoliën.
Condition: good with a nice aged patina.

Provenance: Ex private collection from Belgium. Collected in the period 1953 - 1959 (More details provided to buyer).
Sold with a certificate of authenticity.

Stand is not included.
Shipping within 24 hours after the payment is received. Fully insured.
May as well be viewed and picked up at the Asian African Art Gallery in Vessem (NL).

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Lot details
Chihongo Mask
Ethnic group/ culture
Region/ country
DR Congo
Feathers, Wood
Mid 20th century
Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand
50×50×15 cm
700 g
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