Mask (pwevo)

Chokwe
19th–20th century
Artist Unidentified


Object Place: Democratic Republic of the Congo; Angola

Dimensions

39.37 cm (15 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

1991.354

Medium or Technique

Wood, vegetable fiber, string, metal

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art

Classifications

Masks

This mask represents a beautiful young woman, the original female ancestor of the Lwena people. A male dancer wore the mask as he performed highly acrobatic movements, often using poles set into the ground for assistance.

Provenance

1991, sold by Marc Leo Felix (dealer), Brussels, to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 24, 1991)

Credit Line

Otis Norcross Fund