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Tschokwe mask (N° 22517)

Always worn by initiates of higher rank, this type of African mask embodying a female ancestor was often embellished with buttons and accessories of European origin. Raffia braids adorn the hairstyle and the face offering the classic traditional features and marks of the Pwo. Satin black patina.
Height on base: 43 cm.

Peacefully settled in eastern Angola until the 16th century, the Chokwé were then subjected to the Lunda empire from which they inherited a new hierarchical system and the sacredness of power. African Chokwe pwo masks, among the many akishi (sing: mukishi, indicating power) masks of African Chokwe art, embody an ideal of beauty, Mwana Pwo, or the woman Pwo and appear nowadays during festive ceremonies. Joined to their male counterparts, chihongo recognizable by their large plate-shaped headdress, the pwo are believed to bring fertility and prosperity to the community. The cultural logic of these two icons developed during the pre-colonial period continues to inspire artists from North-East Angola today. The characteristic patterns present on the forehead, and sometimes on the cheekbones, are part of the Chokwe aesthetic canons but also served as public markers of ethnic identity. The recurring cruciform frontal motif would also carry a cosmogonic significance. (source: Chokwe, B. Wastiau)  

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OriginCollection belge
EthnyChokwe
Countryangola
Material(s)wood, raphia
Height cm26
Width20 cm
Weight1.36 Kg
Socle includedYes

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