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Luena mask (N° 21394)

This African mask depicts Pwevo , the female ancestor, wearing a royal ornament. Lovale masks are comparable to those of the Tschokwe. The large rounded jaw, an indication of abundance, is an unusual feature. Satin patina, kaolin residue. Height on base: 42 cm. Of Lunda origin, the Lwena (or Lovale , or Luvale ) emigrated from Angola to Zaire in the 19th century, repelled by the Chokwe. Some became slave traders, others, the Lovale, found refuge in Zambia and near the Zambezi River in Angola. Their society is matrilineal, exogamous and polygamous. The Lwena are known for their honey-colored sculptures of deceased ancestors and chiefs, and their masks related to the initiation rites of the mukanda.  

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OriginEx-collection française
EthnyLwena, Luena
Height cm30
Width20 cm
Weight0.95 Kg
Socle includedYes

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