This Chokwe mask is absolutely stunning. The woodgrains are visible with contrasting tones. She has elegant features and the coiffure part of the costume is still attached. She measures 9.5 inches tall not including the coiffure and weighs 1.5 pounds. There is some minor chipping around her ears and wear and tear throughout – please inspect photos. Stand not included but one can be added for an additional charge.
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Wood, pigment and woven yarn
Slightly chipped ears. Wear and tear.
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.