This naturalistic and fierce looking Chokwe mask has a sloped forehead, slit eyes, open mouth baring teeth, arching brows and scarification on the cheeks. Chokwe ancestor masks are thought to represent a young woman or ideal mother. The Chokwe mask is a powerful representation, it was linked to the boy’s initiation school and was danced at the completion of the ritual ceremonies.

 

Origin: Democratic Republic Congo
Time Period: Early 20th c
Provenance: From a San Francisco, CA collection
Materials: Wood, pigment with custom metal stand
Dimensions: 8 in. high x 5 in. wide
Condition: Mask in fine condition, minor loss to upper & lower segments of rim
Inventory #A3456
Price: $1,600
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