African Art | Works from the Swiss collection of Walter Schwab
Wednesday 13 October 2021 • Milan
Dance mask of the society Pwo.
Hard wood with a natural shiny patina, decorated with a braided hairstyle, knitted cord collar, decorated with glass beads and brass tacks. A copper ring attached to the right ear holds a pierced coin of 10 cents and marked Belgian Congo 1911.
This mask was created by a master Chokwe sculptor who was able to give to the face a strong emotional power. Shows signs of delicate tattoos , on the front and on the cheeks, on the half-opened eyes, the slender nose. The mouth shows teeth which have been filed down according to the fashion widespread among the population of central Africa.
Shiny patina through use.
BASTIN MARIE-LOUISE “Ritual masks of Chokwe”, saggio pubblicato sulla rivista African Arts (UCLA), Agosto 1984, pagg. 40 - 45
SOTHEBY’S “ Collection Marceau Riviére” Paris, asta del 18 e 19 giugno 2019, lotto 194 (1047) 19 giugno 2019, lotto 194 (1047);