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


Object: Mwana Pwo Mask
Ethnic group / culture: Chokwe
Region/ country: DR Congo
Material: Wood, Rope
Period: Mid 20th century
Condition: Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand: No
Dimensions: 22x20x19 cm
Weight: 550 g

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A very fine female Mwana Pwo mask from the Tschokwe tribe, DR Congo.
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 red 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 red sweating layered patina.
Condition: Fine aged condition, signs of age and use.

Provenance: Ex private collection from Belgium.