|Chokwe Pwo mask, Zambia/Angola|
wood, pigment, plant fiber, kaolin
9" tall (mask only), 7" wide, 8" deep
ex private collection, US
Masterfully carved in excellent style with great attention to detail, this mask is smaller in size than most masks of
this type. This particular mask would have been used as a fetish object rather than to be worn over the face.
Traces of kaolin can be found inside the mask which is indicative of masks used as fetish objects.
This particular type of mask, a smaller fetish mask, was something I was not familiar with, but it has been vetted as
authentic by a respected dealer from Spain familiar with masks like this.