African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Luvale mask

Luvale mask (N° 21788)

This African mask depicting the face of a young woman wearing a hemispherical headdress was worn at the top of the head during the closing ceremonies of the Mukanda initiation. It was supposed to promote hunting, fertility, and harvests.
Slight losses and drying crack.
Abrasive matte patina, crusty residue.
Of Lunda origin, the Lwena (or even Lovale , or Luvale ) emigrated from Angola to Zaire in the 19th century, pushed back by the Chokwe. Some became slave traders, others, the Lovales, found refuge in Zambia and near the Zambezi in Angola. Their society is matrilineal, exogamous and polygamous. The Lwena have become known for their honey-colored sculptures, embodying figures of deceased ancestors and chiefs, and their masks linked to the initiation rites of the mukanda. This mask is engraved with circular patterns associated with ethnic scarifications. These details differentiate it from Tschokwe productions despite the relative similarity of their masks.  

Watch the video

Possibility of payment in 2x (2x 170.0 €)

This item is sold with its certificate of authenticity

Estimated shipping cost

By purchasing this artwork you will get 5% = (17.0 loyalty points = 17.0 euros) which you can use towards your next purchase

OriginEx-collection belge
EthnyLwena, Luena
Height cm24
Width18 cm
Weight1.00 Kg
Socle inclusOptional

You could also be interested by these items
Masque LubaMasque DanMasque LegaMasque ChihongoMasque Dan

You must login to access these options
   Warn me if a similar item is added to the catalog
   Warn me if the price decreases
Manage my alerts
One person already marked interrest on this item

You have question on this item ? contact us


Previously viewed items
African art - Luvale mask
African art  - 

© 2023 - Digital Consult SPRL

Essentiel Galerie SPRL
73A Rue de Tournai - 7333 Tertre - Belgique
+32 (0)65.529.100
visa Master CardPaypal