Height: 20 cm; 7.8 inches.
Private collection, Belgium - Information shall be provided to the buyer.
Gaunt Tribal Art Gallery, United Kingdom, ref SQ4985126
The face presents thick and arched eyebrows topping bulbous eyes which are half-closed. The nose is long and thin and the nostrils are flared until the end. The mouth is open and is provided with fleshy lips and rows of teeth. There are scarification marks on the cheeks and on the forehead. The little ears have earrings at the base of the lobes. There is a series of holes on the border of the mask, to tie the raffia beard.
The original name (Pwo) in Chokwe refers to an adult woman who has given birth. The more recent name, mwana pwo, probably used under European influence, points out feminine and youthful beauty. These masks honour founding ancestors.
Such representations are particularly important the Chokwe trace their descent through the lineages of their mothers.
The performance of the Pwo, combined with its masculine counterpart, the Cihongo, brings fertility and prosperity to the community. The motifs carved on the forehead and on the cheeks of the mask are classic graphical conceptions, representations of scarifications which aesthetically enhance the beauty of women of past generations, and which were signs of ethnic identity.
The central cruciform on the forehead has been interpreted as a cosmogram, whereas the marks on each cheek are supposed to depict tears. Chokwe masks are often carved during celebrations marking the end of initiation to adulthood.
This occasion also marks the dissolution of the bonds of intimacy between mothers and their sons. The pride and the grief that this event represents to Chokwe women is described by the tear motif.
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- Pwo vrouwelijk masker
- Regio / land
- 1e helft 20e eeuw
- Vintage - gebruikt met zichtbare tekenen van slijtage
- Verkocht met standaard
- 20×0×0 cm