This wood mask is a one of a kind mask, hand carved by the artists of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
This Chokwe mask is of the Pwo class. The Chokwe people can be found in Angola, Zambia and Democratic Republic of Congo. They have different masks and are noted for the functional organization of their masks according to purpose of use and adult societies.
This mask is representative of an elderly female, a counterpart of the male Chihongo mask. It represents the celebration of fertility and womanhood. Its personage can be traced back to the female of the tribe's founders, the Luanda Queen Lueji.
The half-closed eyes and sharp teeth are typical of Chokwe masks while the scarification marks are for beautification. However, their muted nature of beautification and the sparse coiffure of the hair suggest that this is a mask of an old woman, most likely an ancestor.
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