Lot: 30995th Tribal Art Auction
Young maiden mask "mwana pwo"
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|Bren Heymans, Antwerp, Belgium
Belgian Private Collection
|H: 8.9 inch||
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