A beautiful Chokwe Mwana Pwo mask. The mask is 11 inches in height and weighs a half pound and comes with a custom stand. The mask features multiple materials such as wood, beads, feathers and canvas.
Chokwe Mwana Pwo Mask 11″ with Stand – DRC/Angola
1 in stock
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DRC / Angola
Wood, Beads, Feathers, Canvas or cloth
11” without Stand, 15" with Stand
0.5lb without Stand, 2.5lbs with Stand
Possible minor imperfections and wear & tear, including but not limited to scuffing, cracking and minimal chipping. Possible previous repairs. See photos or inquire for more details.
About the Chokwe People
The Chokwe, with an estimated population of 1.3 million people, inhabit areas in Angola, DRC and Zambia. They are known by many names throughout the world, upwards of 30 different variations, all deriving from the name in which they call themselves, Kocokwe. Chokwe government is headed by a king called Mwana Ngana, with male and female societies regulating all aspects of life.
Read more about the Chokwe here.
About the Pwo Mask
Pwo masks are representations of female ancestors who are worthy of honoring. She is danced in tandem with Cihongo, her male counterpart during initiation ceremonies and other prestigious events. Together, they embody the ideal beauty and are meant to bring fertility and prosperity to the community. Pwo illustrates the glory and saddness a mother feels when her son completes the initiation process into adulthood, shown by the scarification marks on her cheeks.