Hand-Carved Chokwe Chihongo Sese Wood African Mask

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SKU: 298549
The Chokwe people of central Africa have a distinct art style, showcased here in Ali Mohammed's hand-carved African mask. Such masks are called chihongo, and depict an elderly male ancestor with narrowed eyes and filed teeth. They were used to represent spirits of wealth, and worn in counterpart to a female pwo mask in rituals to bring fertility. The artisan uses paint to give it an aged, rugged appearance, and decorates the ancestor's face with tassel earrings and a carved cingelyengelye mark on the forehead, representing the creator god Nzambi.
  • Sese wood, nylon thread
  • Features a rustic, rugged finish
  • Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
  • Intended as wall decor
  • 1.19 lbs
  • 14.5 inches H x 7.3 inches W x 3.1 inches D
  • Made in Ghana

Meet the Artist

Ali Mohammed