Hand Carved Wooden Face Mask Mwana Pwo
€2300,00 ex vat €2300,00
From Central Africa, specifically from the Chokwe peoples of Angola, Zambia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, circa 1920s, comes a remarkable hand-carved wooden face mask known as Mwana Pwo. This mask exhibits a sophisticated design with a striking physiognomy, featuring sunken, heavy eyes under pronounced brows, a slender nose flanked by angular cheekbones, distinct cupped ears, and an open mouth showcasing two rows of serrated teeth. Intriguingly, the face bears incised scariﬁcation marks, adding to its allure. The mask’s high forehead is adorned with an ornate, four-lobed cross, symbolising the beauty and maturity of initiated female members within their society. Its dimensions are 15.2 cm width x 18.8 cm height (6 inches in width and 7.4 inches in height) .