A Carved And Painted Chokwe Initiation Mask
A CARVED AND PAINTED CHOKWE INITIATION MASK
Southwestern Zaire or northeastern Angola, 20th Century
The face-and-head mask carved from one piece of wood and painted black; with a ridged coiffure, slit eyes, sharp filed teeth, and tribal scarification marks on the forehead and cheeks; an iron ring worn through the nose and ears; with a twined raffia covering for the neck and back of head; the mask represents a female ancestor (mwana pwo), worn by male performers during boys' initiation rituals (mukanda), the men wearing raffia knitted garments covering their bodies.
13 x 8 x 10 inches.