About this object

Mwana Pwo masquerade is performed during initiation ceremonies for young men, and portrays Mwana Pwo, a primordial female ancestor portrayed as beautiful young women. The beaded coiffure and lines of scarification on the face enhance its beauty. The hair on the head is made with segments of cane tubing threaded through raphia fibres. Knots tied between segments and at the end of each strand hold the segments in place. This mask was evidently newly made when it was purchased and does not seem to have been used.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Chokwe / Lunda
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Central Africa: Democratic Republic of the Congo; Africa: Central Africa: Angola
  • Date made
    1964 before
  • Materials
    Pigment; Wood; Fibre Plant
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased From M. L. J. Lemaire, 1968
  • Collector
    M L J Lemaire
  • Place collected
    Africa: Central Africa: Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Date collected
    1964 before
  • Measurements
    410 mm x 250 mm x 105 mm
  • Note
    Stockbook: 2. Mask (Bajokwe). M. L. J. Lemaire, Prinsengracht 841, Amsterdam C., Netherlands.
  • Related people
    M L J Lemaire ( Collector)
Object view = Humanities
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