Lot: 309

95th Tribal Art Auction

Young maiden mask "mwana pwo"

Angola, Chokwe

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Bren Heymans, Antwerp, Belgium
Belgian Private Collection
H: 8.9 inch 8000 EUR
plus 23 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

wood, red pigment, base The "mwana pwo" - mask represents a primordial female ancestor. It performs social dances to highlight the beauty, morality, and abilities associated with women. The mask appears on different ceremonial occasions, with the "mukanda"male initiation as its primary venue. It is exclusively danced by men. Women will commonly dance alongside the character, to challenge the performer's skill and to make sure that the steps and movements or actions honour them appropriately and sufficiently.


Tribal Art Fair, Amsterdam, 2015