X2002.33.8 Mask

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Pwevo or Nalindele (royal woman)
Luvale peoples
Late 19th-20th century
Wood, plant fiber
H: 26.0 cm, W: 19.0 cm, D: 9.0 cm (H: 10.2 in, W: 7.5 in, D: 3.5 in)
Museum purchase with funds provided by Jay T. Last. X2002.33.8


This Luvale mask represents Nalindele, a version of Pwevo (the woman), favored in some areas of western Zambia. It features large chijingo, or cross-within-a-circle scarification rosettes, on the cheeks and downward-pointing triangular motifs on the forehead below arched elements resembling a royal headband. The elaborate scarification and heaband are indicative of maturity and high social rank.