Mask (1) - Plant fibre, Wood - Chokwe - Congo, Angola

Mask (1) - Plant fibre, Wood - Chokwe - Congo, Angola
Mid 20th century - Good

A wooden african mask of a female with dome shaped forehead and heart shaped face. The eyes are deeply set in oval sockets and are half closed. The nose is slender with a ridge to the centre. The mouth is open and displays a row of teeth to the top and bottom. There are scarification marks to the forehead and cheeks.The surface of the mask is painted in a pink coloured ochre. To the top of the head is a carved, plaited band, to represent the hair, which in turn is covered with masses of plaited strands of fibre rope to represent an elaborate coiffure.

The Chokwe use three types of mask. These are the sacred mask, or cihongo or ci hongo; initiation masks that are mostly made of plant fibre, and finally dance masks. The last group includes a female figure, or pwo (mwana pwo), and her male counterpart, who together symbolize power. The male mask differs from the female in terms of its broad mouth and horizontally protruding beard.

Lot details
Total nr of items
Ethnic group/ culture
Region/ country
Congo, Angola
Plant fibre, Wood
Mid 20th century
Sold with stand
21×16×8 cm
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