Chokwe People, Angola-DRC, Katoyo Mask


Second quarter 20th Century

  • £3,046
  • €3,554 Euro
  • $3,806 US Dollar


Hoarde Vintage Member since 2020
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This unusual Chokwe mask is probably Katoyo, representing non-Chokwe individuals. The deviation of the mask from the more common Chokwe masks is mainly because they represent Portuguese or European features: a long European-like angular face; a sharp, aquiline nose; rectangular, pierced eyes; an open mouth; small, squarish ears; and a rounded, protruding forehead. These masks would have been utilized alongside the better-known Chokwe masks in initiations and funerary contexts and were worn by performers who would ridicule Europeans for what was seen as their awkward behaviour- an early Chokwe response to colonization. The head covering has been refixed.


  • H: 58cm (22.83in)
  • W: 19cm (7.48in)
  • D: 10cm (3.94in)


Second quarter 20th Century

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