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.
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- Dance mask
- Indigenous object name
- Mwana Pwo
- Ethnic group/ culture
- Region/ country
- Kaolin, Plant fibre, Wood
- 2nd half 20th century
- Sold with stand
- 30×19×12 cm
- 540 g