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Chokwe, Lwena Figurative neck rest (N° 16747)
African tribal sculpture, a piece of African furniture intended, in addition to use in a ritual context, to preserve the voluminous traditional headdresses of its owners. This neck rest is distinguished by its animal motif and smooth golden brown patina. The Chokwe and their neighbors in Angola produced a variety of seats and headrests with zoomorphic motifs for dignitaries. Abrasions.
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Peacefully settled in eastern Angola until the 16th century, the Chokwe were then subjected to the Lunda empire from which they inherited a new hierarchical system and the sacredness of power. Nevertheless, the Chokwe never fully adopted these new social and political contributions. Three centuries later, the Chokwe eventually took over the capital of the Lunda, which had been weakened by internal conflicts, thus contributing to the dismantling of the kingdom. The Chokwe did not have a centralized power but rather large chiefdoms. It was these chieftainships that attracted artists who wished to put their skills at the exclusive service of the court. The artists created so many varied pieces of such quality that the Lunda court employed only them. From the 18th century onwards, exchanges with Europeans, the Portuguese in particular, influenced their sculptures.
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