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Mwana Pwo Tshokwe mask
Chokwe Tshokwe: Art, beauty and culture
Mwana Pwo masks are among the masterpieces of Tshokwe art. This profound finesse of sculpture is idealized by the beauty of the female face. The beauty of this mask is accentuated by the masterful geometric designs and the classic Tshokwe scarification. The curved half-closed eyes, the flared lips, the headdress and the presence of small holes around the edges clearly indicate that the mask was undoubtedly designed for ritual use. The interior of the masks in general should be analysed carefully, as they give us precious indications on the age, authenticity and ritual use of the mask. This mask is a masterpiece of Tshokwé art, with a beautiful patina of the original pigmentation, old and dry wood, this mask is a high quality sculptural achievement.
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