This Pwo mask comes from the border region of Zambia and Angola. Within a large repertoire of mask character types, Pwo– the ‘woman’ or female ancestor – performs a crucial role in transmitting culturally relevant information, mainly in the context of the mukanda male initiation. The ‘woman’ mask represents the ideal model for a ‘fulfilled’ woman.
The mask has been carved from a hard brown wood, and exhibits fine features, such as high cheekbones, a pointed chin and a downcast mouth. Facial markings adorn the surface of the mask, on the forehead, cheeks and chin.
Ex Private Collection, UK
Estimated Period: Mid-20th Century (Or Before)
Rand African Art
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