Old Pwevo mask. Wood painted red. Dark patina from handling. Museo Do Dundo. Lwena (Cavungo, Nya- katolo chiefdom). Height: 32 cm.
The Lwena is an
ethnic group living in Angola and Zambia. They
speak a Bantu language belonging to the
Chokwe - Lunda language group. They live to the east of the Chokwe
and have certain shared culture with them. Their languages
resemble one another. The name of the group is taken from that of the river Luena.
In the north-western district of Zambia they are known as the
Lovale. Their wars with the Ndembu, a southern Lunda group, brought them as far as the
right bank of the Zambezi river. Because of connections with the Chokwe
their arts are easily confused, particularly in the upper Zambezi
river district where these two groups are neighbours. Lwena art is
recognised by the gentleness of its lines and forms.
Pwevo mask of female ancestor. The hemp hairdo, innovation from the 1930's is held by two iron combs. Wood lightly covered with red. Patina from handling. Museo Do Dundo. Lwena (Lumbala). Height: 27 cm.
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