Lot: 39586th Tribal Art Auction
Maiden spirit mask "mwana pwo"
D. R. Congo, Chokwe
|Provenance||Size||Starting price / estimated price|
|German Private Collection||H: 7.9 inch||
plus 27 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance
wood, dyed in red, colour accents in black, characteristic narrow slit eyes, cross-shaped tattoos on the cheeks, slightly dam., abrasion of paint;
during boy's "mukanda" initiation, the "pwo" mask, which represents a female ancestor, performs in dances that characterize the roles of women in Chokwe society. The mask originally was completed by a mud-packed wig.