CHOKWE CHIHONGO MASKS

CHOKWE
Chihongo Mask 1
9.25" high
$1500
 


This mask has been vetted as being authentic, with signs of age and use.

The masks below were probably made to be sold.

CHOKWE
Chihongo Mask 2
9" high
$500
 

  

CHOKWE
Chihongo Mask 3
9" high
$300
 


 

 CHOKWE
Chihongo Mask 4
9" high
$300
 

CHOKWE
Chihongo Mask 5
9.5" high
$300
 

 

CHOKWE
Chihongo Mask 6
9.5" high
$300
 

Photographs Tim Hamill

CHOKWE, CHIHONGO MASKS, Angola

Masks representing ideal young female beauty, Mwano Pwo, were danced with male counterparts, Chiihongo, 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. These male masks are distinguished by a prominent horizontal ridge projecting out from beneath the mouth, representing a beard. They share domed foreheads surmounted by a carved headband.

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