Tschokwe Mask. Zaire.

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Tschokwe Mask
mwana pwo

early 20th century 

Carved Wood, fiber, beaded adornment.

9” x 12” x 15” tall

A popular and frequent occurrence in entertainment masquerades, mwana pwo represents a female ancestor but is always worn by a male dancer. This mask type symbolizes fecundity and the prominent role of women in Chokwe society. Although idealized, its features suggest the individuality of a portrait, raising the possibility that it may be modeled on a particular woman. Mwana pwo often features elements of beauty such as scarification and hairstyles excellent condition!
Dimensions: 9” x 8” x 16” tall + raffia

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