Item offered:

Luchazi Pwo/Pwevo Helmet Mask


On offer from our personal collection is a striking Pwo/Pwevo helmet mask from the Luchazi people of Angola. Worn by male dancers during ritual ceremonies, the Pwo/Pwevo mask, symbolizing the female ancestor, is probably the best-known style of face mask of the Luchazi & their Chokwe & Lwena neighbors.

Refined & spiritually mature facial features characterize this powerful mask. The thin-walled construction indicates the work of a skillful carver. Incised scarifications are present on the cheeks as well as at the sides of the eyes. The brow is highlighted by a beautifully incised, triple-row coiffure, with animal hair attached to the knitted headband above. Her flared nostrils are finely sculpted, while her sharply filed teeth give her an almost fierce presence. The richly-grained wood shows a fine patina. Surmounting the mask is a sturdy, well-formed basket, permitting it to be worn as a helmet mask.

Despite a few minor imperfections, this handsome piece is in very good overall condition. A most compelling display.

wood; hair; vegetal fibers

Approximate dimensions:
10.5" H x 8" W x 9" D
(The hair at its longest is approximately 14"L)

Estimated age: 25+ years

Total shipping weight:
ca. 5-lbs.
Stand not included - used for
display purposes only.

All sales final.

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