Mask - Wood, Rope - Mwana Pwo - Chokwe - Congo DRC

Mask - Wood, Rope - Mwana Pwo - Chokwe - Congo DRC
Mid 20th century - Good condition, used with some signs of wear

A very fine female Mwana Pwo mask from the Tschokwe tribe, Angola
The Chokwe are well known for art objects produced to celebrate and validate the royal court.

Very expressive dance mask that represents the ideal type of woman Mwana PWO.
Artful coiffure of fibres, coloured with Tukula powder.

Older Mwana Pwo mask with beautiful brownish patina.
The scarification marks, which may duplicate those of the actual woman whose beauty inspired the carver, include the cingelyengelye design on the forehead. This cruciform design was probably derived from tin pendants traded into the Chokwe region by Portuguese voyagers as early as the seventeenth century.

Material: mask carved from hardwood, mask face brownish black sweating layered patina.
Condition: Fine aged condition, signs of age and use.

Provenance: Ex private collection from Belgium.

Shipping within 24 hours after the payment is received. Tracking number will be provided. Signature upon delivery. Fully insured.
May as well be viewed and picked up at the Asian African Art Gallery in Vessem (NL).

Lot details
Indigenous object name
Mwana Pwo
Ethnic group/ culture
Region/ country
Congo DRC
Rope, Wood
Mid 20th century
Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand
26×18×11 cm
750 g
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