Chihongo male mask - Chokwe - Angola

Chihongo male mask - Chokwe - Angola
1st half 20th century - Vintage - used with visible signs of wear

Approximately 40 cm.
Wood, feathers.
Art Dealer, United Kingdom, Buxton.

This masculine mask (Chihongo, sometimes called Cihongo, meaning ‘spirit of wealth’) was used to symbolize wealth and power.
It paid tribute to the male ancestors responsible for the prosperity and strength of the community.
Traditionally used to represent the Chihongo male chief ancestor, masks were once reserved for the chiefdom during royal events such as the initiation of a new chieftain.

The masks are now worn for training purposes, by men of the community, during masquerade celebrations (dancing with the female counterpart, Pwo) to bring fertility, peace, wealth and well-being to the village.

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

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

Lot details
Chihongo male mask
Region/ country
1st half 20th century
Vintage - used with visible signs of wear
Sold with stand
40×0×0 cm
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