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Mask Luvale, Lwena, Pwevo (N° 19690)

Ex-Portuguese African art collection.
.This mask with a golden patina represents Pwevo , the female ancestor. In the center of the face with artistically modeled contours, the realistic features have been very finely chiseled. Like the Chokwe, the hairstyle is reminiscent of that coated with palm oil and red ochre clay of the clan women.
Of Lunda origin, the Lwena (or Lovale , or Luvale ) emigrated from Angola to Zaire in the nineteenth 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 related to the initiation rites of the mukanda. This mask is engraved with circular 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 portugaise
EthnyLwena, Luena
Material(s)wood, metal, perles, plant fibre
Weight0.90 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°
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