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Chokwe Neck support (N° 27261) Deposit sale

African headrest, an element of African furniture which, in addition to being used in a ritual context, preserves the voluminous traditional headdresses of its owners. This neckrest stands out thanks to its animal motif, its smooth and shiny patina, and the insertion of upholstery nails. The Chokwe and their neighbors in Angola produced various seats and headrests with zoomorphic designs for dignitaries. Desiccation cracks.

Peacefully settled in eastern Angola until the 16th century, the Chokwé were then subject to the Lunda empire from which they inherited a new hierarchical system and the sacredness of power. However, the Chokwé never fully adopted these new social and political contributions. Three centuries later, they ended up seizing the capital of the Lunda, weakened by internal conflicts, thus contributing to the dismantling of the kingdom. The Chokwé did not have centralized power but large chiefdoms. It was they who attracted artists wishing to put their know-how 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, exchanges with Europeans, the Portuguese in particular, influenced their sculptures.  

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OriginCollection belge
Material(s)wood, clous tapissiers
Height cm17
Depth19 cm
Width8 cm
Weight0.50 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960

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