CHOKWE ART, Angola



CHOKWE
Pwo Masks



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Chihongo Masks

 

CHOKWE
Monster Mask

 

CHOKWE
Animal Mask 2



CHOKWE
Mask 60

 

CHOKWE
Figures

 

CHOKWE
Shields

 

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Stools



 
LWENA
Pwo Masks

Photographs © Tim Hamill

CHOKWE   (BAJOKWE, BATSHIOKO, JOKWE, TCHOKWE, TSHOKWE)  ART, Angola 

Masks representing ideal young female beauty, Mwano Pwo, were danced with male counterparts, Tchihongo, during initiation ceremonies and other important occasions to bring fertility and prosperity to the village. Most share the depiction of facial scarification patterns, filed teeth, fanciful and inventive hair styles, tear motifs and cruciform markings on the forehead. They are known for their high level of craftsmanship and aesthetic values. Styles vary by area and workshop. Neighbors of the Chokwe, the Lwena, have similar masking traditions.

Figures, drums, shields stools and other artifacts exhibit similar qualities of workmanship.

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