Chokwe Pwo Mask with Woven Hair 12″ – 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 white around the almond shaped eyes, and beautiful woven hair. The mask measures 12 inches tall and weighs a 1.5 pounds. It is in fair condition with a few imperfections including some damage to the chin – please inspect photos. Stand is not included.

Type of Object


Country of Origin

Angola, DR Congo




Wood, pigment, rope

Approximate Age









1.5 lbs

Overall Condition

Damage to chin and imperfections – see photos

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.