Ex. private collection - Paris - France,
Size: 35x30x25 cm,
Very nice Kalelwa mask from the Chokwe ethnic people in Angola - Excellent condition
These masks are used during Mukanda ceremonies.
The main constant is the use of three basic colors: red, black and white
The structure of this type of masks is made of flexible twigs and covered with cow dung, beaten bark, coated with Copal resin.
They all express a close relationship between the men of the clan and the spirits or deities and play a very active role in the ceremonies. These are Mukishi (idea of driving force) which will be used for specific purposes: educating young men, ensuring their virility, promoting fertility, solving problems, healing, having fun, etc.
The mask is a real "fetish" loaded with power and having its own will.
The Mukanda is a ritual initiation ceremony during which the Akishi masks (pl de Mukishi) will dance, especially the Kalelwa.
Initially, the masks present at the Mukanda were burnt at the end of the ceremony.
Nowadays, the Chokwé preserve them from the Akishi by repairing them and repainting them for future ceremonies.
- Nombre total d’articles
- Nom de l’objet indigène
- Mukanda Kalelwa
- Ethnie / culture
- Bois, bouse de vache, Fibre végétale
- Première moitié du XXe siècle
- Vendu avec support
- 35×30×25 cm
- 0.3 kg