Luvale Mask


African art Lovale Tshokwe Chokwe 

Discover the mystical essence of Africa with our Lovale mask: a masterpiece of tradition and beauty!

Lovale masks are often used for ceremonies and rituals associated with the cycles of life, such as rites of passage, weddings, funerals and initiations. They play a crucial role as intermediaries between humans and spirits, symbolising ancestors and supernatural forces.

A distinctive feature of Lovale masks is the incorporation of traditional scarification marks. Scarifications are incised or raised marks made on the skin for cultural and symbolic reasons. Among the Lovales, scarification is seen as a sign of beauty, social status and tribal identity. Scarification patterns vary between regions and clans, but are often composed of parallel lines, dots and diamond patterns. Some Lovale masks feature these scarification patterns on their surface, underlining the importance of this cultural element.

In addition to their aesthetic appeal, Lovale masks play an important role in preserving collective memory, passing on knowledge and reinforcing cultural identity. They are considered sacred works of art and are often venerated by the community. Today, these masks continue to be created and used in cultural celebrations, contributing to the vitality of the Lovale tradition.

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Presumed dating
Mid XXth century
24,5 cm
Ethnic group
Chokwe / Tchokwe / Tschokwe
Zambia / Angola
Tribal art collection Belgium

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