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-SOLD- Dance Mask - Wood - Chokwe - Congo DRC - Asian African Art
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—SOLD— Dance Mask – Wood – Chokwe – Congo DRC

 125,00

Object:Dance Mask
Ethnic group / culture:Chokwe
Region/ country:DR Congo
Material:Wood
Period:Mid 20th century
Condition:Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand:No
Dimensions:27x18x15 cm
Weight:750 g

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Description

Chokwe mask with beautiful patina. Good condition with slight traces of wear and tear.

The Chokwe who spread from their homeland of Angola throughout the southern region of the DRC, have influenced the art of many neighboring peoples, including the Lunda, Mbunda, Mbangani and some others. The Chokwe use three types of masks. These are the sacred masks, initiation masks and dance masks. The last group includes a female mask, or pwo, and her male counterpart, or cihongo, who symbolizes power. The male mask differs from the female in terms of its broad mouth and horizontally protruding beard. The Pwo mask symbolizes the ideal mother and woman. It has facial scarifications and is believed to spread fertility wherever it is presented.

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