Mwana pwo mask
This mask represents a beautiful young woman with a softly modeled face, slitted eyes in oval sockets, delicate tattoos, and an elaborate coiffure. Usually performed by professional male dancers who traveled from village to village, this mask is part of masquerades honoring female ancestors and is one of the most popular among the Chokwe. In addition to the mask, the dancer wore a costume with a skirt, feathers, and false breasts.
Artform: African Art: MASK / HEADDRESS
Artist: Chokwe People
Country/Culture: Democratic Republic of Congo
Period: 19th century
Date: 19th-early 20th century
Medium: Wood, fiber, metal and pigment
Size: Height: 19.05 cm
Subject: Figure, Female
Museum: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
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