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Chokwe Mwana Pwo mask
A Luvale Mwana Pwevo ("young woman") mask performing during con-'irmatory ceremonies honoring Luvale Paramount Chief Ndungu. Zambia, 1997. Photo Manuel Jordan. A fiber-and-resin mask representing a more immature young woman, Chiwigi, is visible at right. The masks share the positive influences of the ancestral spirits with the community and show contrasting or comparable social and moral values.
Luvale - Lwena Mwana Pwevo mask
Field photo from a 1920's post card featuring a Lwena Pwevo/Pwo performer holding a flywhisk and hand rattle made from a tin can. The mask dances with the women who clap and sing to musically accompany the performer. Photo from Baltimore Museum of Art From "CHOKWE! - Art and Initiation Among Chokwe and Related Peoples". Relates to Female (Pwo) mask. Chokwe peoples (Democratic Republic of the Congo). Late 19th to early 20th century C.E. Wood, fiber, pigment, and metal.