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Chokwe Ngulu Headrest (N° 17703)

African tribal sculpture, an element of African furniture to preserve the voluminous chokwe headdresses, it stands out thanks to its zoomorphic motif. Neighbouring Songo also produced a wide variety of animal-patterned stools and neck supports. Pig is found in the Tschokwe in the form of masks ngulu . Delicately satiny mahogany brown patina, discreet restoration on the seat.
Paisiblely settled in eastern Angola until the 16th century, the Chokwé were then subjected to the Lunda empire from which they inherited a new hierarchical system and the sanctity of power. Nevertheless, the Chokwé never fully embraced these new social and political contributions. Three centuries later, they eventually seized the capital of the Lunda, weakened by internal conflicts, thus contributing to the dismantling of the kingdom. The Chokwé had no centralized power but great chiefdoms. They were the ones who attracted artists who wanted 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. As early as the 18th century, exchanges with Europeans, the Portuguese in particular, influenced their sculptures  

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Originex-collection française
EthnyChokwe
Countryangola
Material(s)wood
Height12
Width17
Weight0.25 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°

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