Chokwe Pwo Mask 8.25″ – DR Congo – African Art


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This mask was created in the style of the Chokwe people of DRC/Angola. The face mask features a face with beautiful scarification throughout. The mask measures 8.25 inches tall and weighs a 0.5 pound. It is in fair condition with some repairs to the top of the mask – please inspect photos. Stand is not included.

Type of Object


Country of Origin

Angola, DR Congo




Wood and pigment

Approximate Age









0.5 lb

Overall Condition

repairs to top of mask

Additional Information

Pwo Mask

Tribe Information

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.


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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.