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Mask - Wood, Rope - Chokwe - Congo DRC - Asian African Art
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Mask – Wood, Rope – Chokwe – Congo DRC

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Object Mask
Ethnic group: Chokwe
Country: DR Congo
Material: Wood, Rope
Period: Second half 20th century
Sold with stand: No
Dimensions: 23x18x18 cm
Weight: 500 gram
Condition: Good condition, used with some signs of wear

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SKU: 10.37 Category: Search for: , ,
Description

Refined Chokwe mask from DR Congo with beautiful patina and in good condition with 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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