The Luvale mask represents a young beautiful female that is danced at the completion of initiation ceremonies.  The mask imparts female fertility to the spectators.  It displays a naturalistic pear shaped face with a rich patina, carved teeth in open mouth, slit eyes and narrow, aquiline nose.

Origin:  Zambia/Angola
Time Period:  Early 20th c
Provenance: From an Ohio collection
Materials:  Wood with reddish-brown patina
Dimensions: 8  in. high x  5 1/2  in. wide 
Condition: Mask appears in excellent condition with small chip to back rim upper right
Inventory #103579
Price: $2,400

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