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Mask Lwena Mukishi wa Pwo (N° 17588)

This mask featuring a female ancestor, Pwevo, is engraved with checkered patterns associated with traditional ethnic scarifications. These details differentiate it from Tschokwe productions despite the relative similarity of their masks. Dark brown matte patina.
As Lunda origin, the Lwena emigrated from Angola to Zaire in the 19th century, repelled by the Chokwe. Some became slave traders, and others, the Lovale, found refuge in Zambia and near the Zambezi in Angola. Their society is matrilineal, exogamous and polygamous. The Lwena became known for their often honey-coloured sculptures, embodying figures of deceased ancestors and chiefs, and their masks related to the initiation rites of the mukanda . A piece collected by the painter 'a href' Karl Heinz Engstfeld and \  

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OriginEx. coll.allemande Ensgtfeld
Material(s)wood, textile
Weight0.35 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
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