Beautiful woman mask Mwana Pwo - Chokwe Tschokwe - Angola

Beautiful woman mask Mwana Pwo - Chokwe Tschokwe - Angola
1st half 20th century - Vintage - used with visible signs of wear

19 cm.
Wood, cord, buttons, pigments.
Former collection Portugal; Information about the collection shall be provided upon request.
Exhibited at the Exposição Etnográfica of Lisbon, 1990.

Among the Chokwe/Tshokwe, particular rites are held for the Pwo and Mwana Pwo masks.
The sculptor was inspired by the features and hairstyle of a woman he would admire for her beauty. When handing the mask to the dancer, the sculptor would receive a brass ring, as “price of the bride”.
A sort of mystical marriage united the new mask and its owner.
At his death, the Pwo would often be buried in a swamp, with a metallic bracelet, as restitution of the "price of the bride", to prevent the spirit from haunting the life of a family member of the former dancer.

Very lovely example of a Chokwe Pwo, so-called “beautiful woman” mask. Smooth and reddish patina. With a “Chikungunya” Cross well-present on the forehead. The cap is still remaining, it is made of cord, like on other high-quality items. The grains of the wood are clearly visible.
The hairdo is divided into three lobes, corresponding to a fashionable hairstyle.

Cf. Chokwe, B. Wastiau.
Cf. Chokwe: Art and Initiation Among Chokwe and Related Peoples, M. Jordan, 1999.

Shipment within 24 working hours.
Track & trace included.
With acknowledgement of receipt.

Tags: mask, figurine, sculpture, figure, statuette, wood, art, Dogon, contemporary, first, primitive, tribal, African, antiquity, artwork, gallery, Picasso, Giacometti, art gallery, African art, cubism.

Lot details
Beautiful woman mask Mwana Pwo
Region/ country
Chokwe Tschokwe
1st half 20th century
Vintage - used with visible signs of wear
Sold with stand
19×0×0 cm
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