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Lwena Linya Pwo Mask (N° 20032)
This African mask supposedly representing a graceful young girl was worn during the closing ceremonies of the Mukanda initiation. It was believed to promote hunting, fertility, and harvests. Mahogany golden patina. Misses on the lower contour.
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Of Lunda origin, the Lwena (or Lovale , or Luvale ) emigrated from Angola to Zaire in the 19th century, pushed out 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 linked to the initiation rites of the mukanda. Only a few details, such as scarification marks, differentiate the Tschokwe masks from those of the Lwenas, which are quite similar.
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|Material(s)||bwood, metal, plastique|
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