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Collection

Mask (mwana pwo),
c. 1880-1910
Chokwe peoples, Angola and Democratic Republic of the Congo
Wood, raffia, metal,
14 x 7 x 8 inches
Gift of Gilbert and Jean Jackson,
2006.19.2

This mask portrays a beautiful young woman (mwana pwo) adorned with tattoos and an elaborate coiffure, with arched eyebrows, slender nose, shiny, filed teeth, and elliptical mouth - all qualities of feminine beauty among the Chokwe peoples.