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The Chokwe female mask, pwo, is an archetype of womanhood, an ancestral female personage who encourages fertility. As an ancestor, she is envisioned as an elderly woman. The eyes closed to narrow slits evoke those of a deceased person. The surface facial decoration is considered female. Recently pwo has become known as mwana pwo, a young woman. It represents young women who had undergone initiation and are ready for marriage.