Female masks of the Chokwe people are called
Mwana Pwo (young maiden) and are one of the mask types used in
the initiation ceremonies for young men. Although always worn by
men, the mask embodies an ideal of feminine beauty, serenity and
grace. The tightly fitted knit costume worn with the masks include
false breasts. Mwana Pwo represents the female ancestor, and in a
performance, is meant to impart fertility to the spectators. Chokwe
masks are often performed at the celebrations that mark the
completion of initiation into adulthood.
Ex. Graven Images Ltd., New York 1992 and Ex. Christopher and Genevieve McConnell collection
There is a native repair on the right side, age cracks and damage to the lower lip area.
Dimensions for mask - there is no stand - Height: 10 ¾" x Width: 7" x Depth: 6" - Height including raffia is 19 ½"