Dance mask - Plant fibre, Wood, Kaolin - Mwana Pwo - Chokwe - Angola

Description
Dance mask - Plant fibre, Wood, Kaolin - Mwana Pwo - Chokwe - Angola
2nd half 20th century - Good

Mwana Pwo mask, CHOKWE ethnicity (BAJOKWE, BATSHIOKO, JOKWE, TCHOKWE, TSHOKWE, BATSHOKWE, BALUNDA, KALUENA, KASONGO, OVIMBUNDU).

Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Zambia

Female mask worn by men who imitate the attractive young woman with sweet dances.

Among the female characters portrayed in the makishi repertoire, the characters pwo (ancestor) and mwana pwo (young woman) represent the ideals of "realized" and "potential" femininity.

The masks usually come with full-body costumes made of woven fiber or cotton and a wraparound skirt made from imported fabrics.

This elegant and expressive mask successfully blends stylized and naturalistic facial features: traditional scarifications and elaborate hairstyles are distinctive features of the Chokwe.

The forehead shows an unusual version of the chinge-lyengelye cross pattern, a pattern of scarification commonly interpreted in literature as a version of the Portuguese cross of St. Andrew's imported Order of Christ.

Fastly well-packed and shipped.

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Lot details
Object
Dance mask
Indigenous object name
Mwana Pwo
Ethnic group/ culture
Chokwe
Region/ country
Angola
Material
Kaolin, Plant fibre, Wood
Period
2nd half 20th century
Condition
Good
Sold with stand
No
Dimensions
30×19×12 cm
Weight
540 g
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