Iconography
NON-EURASIAN ICONOGRAPHY
Africa
MasksFace masks Tutelary spiritsUsed in initiation rituals
Further details
Female pwo masks like this are now used both in boys' initiation rituals and general secular celebrations, but were once sacred and closely related to Chokwe tutelary spirits, the hamba
ARTIST/CREATOR
Chokwe (Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Zambia)
DATE
early 20th century
LOCATION
Washington D.C., Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of African Art
Notes on photograph
BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
Boris Wastiau, Chokwe, Milan 2006, pp. 40-42 & 46, pl. 59
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RELATIONS
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Contact
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