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Chokwe Mask (N° 18193)
The Tschokwe, in African art, have a male association, mukanda, which makes use of some thirty African masks, made of wood, for various social purposes and related to the fores: the mask cikugu, the cihongo, pwo mask, kalelwa, cikunza, but also this type of animal mask of which there are variants, ngulu, bush pig or orycterope, which was worn on a basketry base. He was also added to coloured cotton fabrics and various small objects. This mask was danced by professionals moving from village to village, who mimicped inappropriate behavior, contrasting with the civilized attitude of Mwana pwo .
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Ned brown and ochre matte and abraded. Lacks on the contours.
The Bantu-cultured Tschokwe had settled in eastern Angola, but also in Congo and Zambia. Following various alliances, they meddled in the Lunda who taught them hunting. Their social organization also rubbed off on the company Tschokwe. The Tschokwe, however, eventually dominated the Lunda, whose kingdom was dismantled at the end of the 19th century. The region's elephants were hunted for meat, but also for ivory, which was intended for sale and not for the wide range of prestigious objects for which they excelled. The Tschokwe also participated extensively in the slave trade, selling criminals and prisoners. Colonization then contributed to their migration to Congo-Kinshasa and Zambia.Sources: Chokwe, 5continents, B.Wastiau and African Art, Mazenod; Masks characters of Zambia I'm Jordan.
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