Lot: 30

Young maiden mask "mwana pwo"

Angola, Chokwe

Provenance Size Hammer price
Ralf Lüders, Stuttgart, Germany
Alex Vömel (1897-1985), Düsseldorf, Germany
German Private Collection
H: 9.1 inch 400 EUR

wood, reddish brown paint, raffia,
The "mwana pwo" mask represents a primordial female ancerstor. It performs social dances to highlight the beauty, morality, and abilities associated with women.

In our opinion, this mask is an example of "transitional art", a work that has already been made for sale to a Western audience.


Expo cat.: "Afrikanische Kunst. Eine süddeutsche Sammlung", Galerie Alex Vömel, Düsseldorf, 1984
Exhibited:

Düsseldorf, Germany: "Afrikanische Kunst. Eine süddeutsche Sammlung", Galerie Alex Vömel, 25 November 1983 - 25 January 1984

ADHRC: 0001033