This mask was carved in the style of the Chokwe people of DRC. The mask has a beautiful, striking appearance with a checkered pattern on her face and hair made up of vegetable fiber, fabric and wooden tubes. She measures 14.5 inches tall and weighs 3 pounds. There is some cracking, scuffing and general wear and tear – please inspect photos. Stand not included but one can be added for an additional charge.
Striking Chokwe Style Mask 14.5″ – DR Congo – African Art
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Wood, pigment, vegetable fiber and fabric
Some cracking, scuffing and general wear and tear throughout.
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.