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Chokwe Wood Dance Mask, Pwo

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Start price: $350

Estimated price: $800 - $1,200

Buyer's premium: 25%

Sales Tax: On the lot's price and buyer's premium

Finely detailed hand carved decorative Chokwe Pwo or mwana pwo, the most popular dance mask among Chokwe culture. The face is covered in beautiful scarifications, the rattan braid acts as a face cover, the mask itself would lie on top of the head of the dancer. Ample amounts of wood raffia beads representing hair. Though representing a beautiful woman and the history of the founding female ancestors, these masks would be worn by men covered in fully braided fiber dress to hide their identity. Size 19" H on included custom stand

Family collection of an esteemed diplomat and ambassador amassed during travel and work circa 1960-1990s in the medical field providing charitable advanced medical care throughout the African continent and internationally.. Family collection of an esteemed diplomat and ambassador amassed during travel and work circa 1960-1990s in the medical field providing charitable advanced medical care throughout the African continent and internationally.

Condition: As-is condition with wear and losses comensurate with age. Some of the braided fiber has separated from the mask at the top leaving a gap.