Beautifull aged Lwena mask from DR Angola. As with the neighboring Chokwe people, Lwena masks representing ideal young female beauty, Mwano Pwo, were danced with male counterparts, Chihongo, during initiation ceremonies and other important occasions to bring fertility and prosperity to the village. Most share the depiction of facial scarification patterns, filed teeth, fanciful and inventive hair styles. They are known for their high level of craftsmanship and aesthetic values.
Material: mask carved from hardwood, mask face brownish sweating layered patina.
Condition: Fine aged condition, signs of age and use.
|Estimated period:||Second half 20th century|
|Sold with stand:||No|
|Condition:||Good condition, used with some signs of wear|