Chokwe Mask Mwana Pwo with Headdress Congo African Art

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Seller: Top-Rated Seller africadirect ✉️ (59,402) 99.9%, Location: Denver, CO, US, Ships to: WORLDWIDE, Item: 334826325325 Chokwe Mask Mwana Pwo with Headdress Congo African Art. Brand Unbranded Type of Object Mask Country of Origin Democractic Republic of Congo, or Angola People Chokwe Materials Wood, vegetal fibers, cotton Approximate Age 20th century Height (in) 11 Width (in) 6 Depth (in) 5 Other Dimensions Hair extends width to 24 inches Overall Condition Good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners. Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use. We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings. Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage. Damage/Repair Vegetal fibers are deteriorating ****Stand not included****. Face of mask is in great condition! This mask comes from the Chokwe. It belongs to the famous category known as Mwana pwo and had performed during the ceremonies of circumcision and initiation of Young boys. The headdress attached to the mask is well preserved. The face shows typical Chokwe scarification patterns and expression. The Mwana Pwo Chokwe mask is a traditional wooden mask made by the Chokwe people of Central and Southern Africa, particularly in Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Zambia. The mask represents a young woman, with distinctive scarification marks on her forehead and cheeks, and is used in initiation ceremonies for young girls. The Mwana Pwo Chokwe mask is considered a symbol of beauty, fertility, and wisdom. It is worn by dancers during the mukanda initiation ceremony, which marks the transition of young girls into adulthood. During the ceremony, the mask is danced by a male performer, who embodies the spirit of the young woman depicted in the mask. The dance is accompanied by music and singing, and the performance is intended to teach the initiates about their roles and responsibilities as women in Chokwe society. The mask is typically carved from wood, and is decorated with intricate patterns and designs. The scarification marks on the forehead and cheeks are a distinctive feature of the mask, and are believed to represent beauty and social status. The Mwana Pwo Chokwe mask is also sometimes adorned with cowrie shells, beads, and other decorative elements. Today, the Mwana Pwo Chokwe mask continues to play an important role in Chokwe culture, and is also appreciated by collectors and art enthusiasts around the world. AO0922 **142797** All content, including pictures, Copyright Africa Direct Inc., 2023 Add Us To Your Favorite Sellers! Please visit our About Us page. Africa Direct, Inc. has been selling on eBay since 1997 and has received more than 56,000 positive feedbacks. It is owned by Eliza and Sara, who began the company after spending a year wandering southern Africa in a camper van with their multi-racial family. They have been honored with eBay's Hall of Fame award, and by eBay Giving Works, through which they have raised more than $125,000 in charity auctions. Customer Service : We treasure our many long term customers, and will try to make you one of them! If you have problems, please tell us... we care! Handling Time : We ship daily except Sundays and holidays. Most orders go out the same day, and all go out within 48 hours. Returns : We want you to be happy with your purchase. You're welcome to return an item within 30 days in the same condition you received it--just let us know you're returning it. You may have either a credit or a refund for your purchase price, not including shipping both ways. If your original payment was made through PayPal, we'll refund you through PayPal; if you paid us directly with your credit card, we'll refund the credit card. Combining Shipping : You are welcome to wait to pay, and to combine multiple items for shipping. We ask that you keep each order to 10 days or 10 items, whichever comes first--then start another order. When you're ready, just send us a list of item numbers or an invoice request and we'll send you an invoice. You can pay by Paypal or credit card. U.S. Shipping : Our staff take great care in packing our artwork, much of which is antique, irregularly-shaped, and fragile. The cost of labor and the special packing materials used is reflected in our shipping price. Our U.S. shipping charges also include insurance; we self-insure on smaller orders. For these reasons, our shipping and handling charges may be more than the price of postage. . International Shipping : We ship dozens of international orders each week, to customers on every continent except Antarctica! The shipping charges included in our listings are for U.S. orders. Contact us for shipping charges to your country. We offer uninsured USPS First Class airmail, insured Priority airmail, and insured Express airmail to most parts of the world, depending on the weight, volume, and value of an item. We also ship via FedEx or DHL on request. Import duties, taxes, and charges are NOT INCLUDED in the item price or shipping charges. These charges are the buyer's responsibility. Please check with your country's customs office to determine what these additional costs will be prior to bidding / buying. These charges are normally collected by the delivering freight (shipping) company or when you pick the item up -- do not confuse them for additional shipping charges. And please do not ask us to mark merchandise values below the actual value or mark items as "gifts"--U.S. and International government regulations prohibit such behavior. Newsletter, previews and special offers : Sign up for our newsletter Go to Africa Direct Store brand: Unbranded, type: Mask, Tribe: Chokwe, Maker: Chokwe Artisan - Africa, Material: Wood, Original/Reproduction: Original, style: None, author: None

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