CHOKWE ART, Angola



CHOKWE STYLE
Pwo Masks



 CHOKWE STYLE
Chihongo Masks

 

CHOKWE STYLE
Monster Mask

 

CHOKWE STYLE
Animal Mask 2, SOLD



CHOKWE
Mask 60, SOLD

 

CHOKWE STYLE
Figures
, ALL SOLD

 

CHOKWE STYLE
Shields, SOLD

 

 CHOKWE STYLE
Stools, ALL SOLD


 
LWENA STYLE
Pwo Masks

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

CHOKWE   (BAJOKWE, BATSHIOKO, JOKWE, TCHOKWE, TSHOKWE)  ART, Angola 

Masks representing ideal young female beauty, Mwano Pwo, were danced with male counterparts, Tchihongo, 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. Styles vary by area and workshop. Neighbors of the Chokwe, the Lwena, have similar masking traditions.

Figures, drums, shields stools and other artifacts exhibit similar qualities of workmanship.

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