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Chokwe Pwo mask (N° 13366)

African art Chokwe and its great diversity of masks.
The patterns engraved on the forehead, and often on the cheekbones, are part of the aesthetic chokwe canons but also serve as public markers of ethnic identity. The reciprocal cruciform frontal motif would also have a cosmogonic meaning. This specimen is capped with a broad domed hull whose streaks represent braids, following the fashion of the time, lined with a thick wig of raffia that supports a wicker frame.
These masks were mainly worn during the initiation ceremonies of transition to adulthood, marking among other things the end of the privileged link between a son and his mother. The stylized tears sublimate the mixture of pride and sadness that resulted. They are today worn during pagan festivities and at political or social gatherings. Smooth and satiny patina.
Chokwe Pwo masks are exclusively female representations in African tribal art, intended for the worship of female ancestors. Indeed, the Chokwe society is organized in a matrilineal way. Together with their masculine pendants, Cihongo recognizable by their large tray-shaped headdress, the Pwo must bring fertility and prosperity to the community, and are used, accompanied by a costume and accessories, during the mukanda, the initiation of young boys.  

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Countryangola
Material(s)wood, fibres de raphia
Height30
Width25
Weight0.60 Kg
Socle inclusOptional

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