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Masque Chokwe Pwo (N° 13253)

The African art Chokwe and its wide diversity of masks
The characteristic motifs present on the forehead, and sometimes on the cheekbones, are among the aesthetic canons chokwe but also served as public markers of ethnic identity. The recurrent cruciform frontal pattern would also have a cosmogonic meaning. This copy is capped with a large hull worn forward, following the fashion of the time. These masks were mainly worn during the initiation ceremonies of passage to the adult state, marking among other things the end of the privileged bond between a son and his mother. The stylized tears sublimate the resulting mixture of pride and sadness. They are now worn at pagan festivities and at political or social gatherings. Smooth, sained skate. The masks Chokwe Pwo are exclusively female representations in African tribal art, intended for the worship of female ancestors. Indeed, the company Chokwe is organized in a matrilineal way. Joined to their male counterparts, Cihongo recognizable by their large stage-shaped headdress, the Pwo must bring fertility and prosperity to the community, and are used, along with a suit and accessories, during the 'b' mukanda , the initiation of young boys.  

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Originex-collection française
EthnyChokwe
Countryangola
Material(s)wood, copper, plant fibre
Height37
Width25
Weight1.55 Kg
Estimated dating3e quart xxe

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