The Lwalwa, sometimes referred to as the Lwalu, have masks which are performed when a hunt had been
unsuccessful and help was sought from the
ancestors. The 4 principal characters in Lwalu
dances were the hunter, chief, woman & diviner.
Each masked dancer performed dramatic gymnastic feats and each dance movement had a
specific name and meaning. It is thought that
by reenacting the social hierarchy, these masks
would restore order and balance and to ward off
repeated misfortune during the hunt.
Probably 60's to 80's period.
Ex. Reynold Kerr, New York, Ex. Graven Images Ltd., New York, and Ex. Christopher and Genevieve McConnell collection.
Height: 14" and
Height including stand: 19"