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Young maiden spirit mask "mwana pwo" - D. R. Congo,

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Young maiden spirit mask "mwana pwo" - D. R. Congo,
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Description
wood, red pigment, base
The "mwana pwo" - mask represents a female ancestor, but is danced exclusively by men. The mask appears at different ceremonial occasions, with the "mukanda" male initiation as its primary venue.
The carved scars below the eyes are particularly meaningful; they represent tears, "masoji", that reflect the suffering mothers endure when their boys go into "mukanda" to become adults.
H: 19 cm, H: 7,5 inch
Provenance:
Michel Koenig, Brussels, Belgium
Continent: Africa
Condition
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Young maiden spirit mask "mwana pwo" - D. R. Congo,

Estimate €2,500 - €5,000
Jun 29, 2019
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Starting Price €2,500
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0195: Young maiden spirit mask "mwana pwo" - D. R. Congo,

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Est. €2,500 - €5,000Starting Price €2,500
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Jun 29, 2019 8:00 AM EDT
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Lot 0195 Details

Description
...
wood, red pigment, base
The "mwana pwo" - mask represents a female ancestor, but is danced exclusively by men. The mask appears at different ceremonial occasions, with the "mukanda" male initiation as its primary venue.
The carved scars below the eyes are particularly meaningful; they represent tears, "masoji", that reflect the suffering mothers endure when their boys go into "mukanda" to become adults.
H: 19 cm, H: 7,5 inch
Provenance:
Michel Koenig, Brussels, Belgium
Continent: Africa
Condition
...
See description

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