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Lwena Linya Pwo Mask (N° 18821)

This African mask representing a graceful young girl was worn during the closing ceremonies of the Mukanda initiation. It was supposed to promote hunting, fertility, and harvesting. Shiny dark patina. Erosion of the internal contours.
Height on base : 38 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 were known for their honey-colored sculptures, embodying figures of ancestors and deceased chiefs, and their masks related to the initiation rites of the mukanda. This mask is engraved with ciruclar motifs associated with ethnic scarification. These details differentiate it from Tschokwe productions despite the relative similarity of their masks.  

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Originex-collection allemande
EthnyLwena, Luena
Material(s)wood, metal
Weight0.55 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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