CHOKWE MWANO PWO MASKS

CHOKWE
Mwano Pwo Mask 31
11" high
$800

CHOKWE
Mwano Pwo Mask 32
9" high
$800

CHOKWE
Mwano Pwo Mask 33
9.5" high
$800


CHOKWE
Mwano Pwo Mask 34
15" high
$800

CHOKWE
Mwano Pwo Mask 35
11" high
$800

CHOKWE
Mwano Pwo Mask 36
11" high
$800


CHOKWE
Mwano Pwo Mask 37
8" high
$600

CHOKWE
Mwano Pwo Mask 38
11" high
$800

CHOKWE
Mwano Pwo Mask 39
20" high
$600


CHOKWE
Mwano Pwo Mask 40
10" high
$700

CHOKWE
Mwano Pwo Mask 41
11" high
$600

CHOKWE
Mwano Pwo Mask 42
14" high
$800


CHOKWE
Mwano Pwo Mask 43
15" high
$700

CHOKWE
Mwano Pwo Mask 44
17" high
$600

CHOKWE
Mwano Pwo Mask 45
15" high
$800


CHOKWE
Mwano Pwo Mask 46
14" high
$800

CHOKWE
Mwano Pwo Mask 47
16" high
$600

CHOKWE
Mwano Pwo Mask 48
19" high
$600


CHOKWE
Mwano Pwo Mask 49
9.5" high
$400

CHOKWE
Mwano Pwo Mask 50
12.5" high
$600

CHOKWE
Monster Mask51
16" high
$500

Photographs © Tim Hamill

CHOKWE, MWANO PWO MASKS, Angola

Masks representing ideal young female beauty, Mwano Pwo, were danced with male counterparts, Cihongo, during initiation ceremonies and other important occasions to bring fertility and prosperity to the village. Most share the depiction of facial scarification patterns, filed teeth, fanciful and inventive hair styles, tear motifs and cruciform markings on the forehead. They are known for their high level of craftsmanship and aesthetic values.

Despite their appearance, these masks show no evidence of age or use and were probably made to be sold.

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