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Chokwe mortar and pestle (N° 20389)
Cylindrical pot delicately carved with decorative motifs, intended for mixing pigments for therapeutic, cosmetic or ritual use. Lustrous patina inlaid with red ochre, remarkably soft surface. A braided strap links the anthropomorphic pestle to the mortar.
The Tschokwe, of Bantu culture, had established themselves in eastern Angola, but also in Congo and Zambia. Following various alliances, they mixed with the Lunda who taught them hunting. Their social organization also influenced the Tschokwe society. The Tschokwe eventually dominated the Lunda, whose kingdom was dismantled at the end of the 19th century.
Elephants in the region were hunted for meat, but also for ivory, which was intended for sale, not for the wide range of prestige items for which they excelled. The Tschokwe were also heavily involved in the slave trade, selling criminals and prisoners. Colonization later contributed to their migration to Congo-Kinshasa and Zambia.
Sources: "Chokwe", 5continents, B.Wastiau and "L' Art africain", Mazenod; "Masks characters of Zambia" Jordan.
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