Tchokwe mask, Mwana Pwo, DRC - Shamakutakuta

20th century
Tribal Art
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Mask representing a female face releasing great strength and beautiful expressiveness.
The expression is reinforced by the half-open mouth revealing sharp teeth. The face is decorated with scarifications and the forehead bears the classic Tchokwe cross.
The ears still wear earrings made of metal folded in spirals (remains of red pigment on the earrings).
This type of female face mask is called "Mwana Pwo".
This beautifully crafted mask can be attributed to one of the greatest Tchokwe sculptors of Kasai: SHAMAKUTAKUTA from Tshikapa territory. It is quite rare to be able to attribute a work to an artist in the traditional African arts.
Wood, metal, red pigment.
H: 19 cm
Tchokwe people, Tshikapa territory, Democratic Republic of Congo.
Artist: Shamakutakuta
Mid-twentieth century.
Provenance: - former private Belgian collection
- Ex: Patric Claes
Sold with its base


Style Tribal Art
Century 20th century
Artist Tchokwe - Shamakutakuta
Height (cm) 19 cm
Materials Wood
Shipping Time Ready to ship in 4-7 Business Days
Location 69620, Ternand, France

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