African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Luvale mask
Mask having benefited from an indigenous restoration thanks to wicker rods. The textile shows a braided headdress, which is worn on a basketry frame. Smooth patina, satin finish, light golden brown.
Height on base: 39 cm.
Of Lunda origin, the Lwena emigrated from Angola to Zaire in the 19th century, driven out by the Chokwe. When some became slave traders, other groups found refuge in Zambia, forming the Luvale , Lovale . Their society is matrilineal, exogamous, and polygamous. The Lwena and the Luvale became known for their sculptures embodying figures of ancestors and deceased chiefs, and their masks related to the initiation rites of the mukanda, a secret male association shared by all these groups in this same territory, albeit with some variations . Their sculpture was ...