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Mask (pwevo)

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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

African, Chokwe peoples, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 19th–20th century

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

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Masks