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Chokwe Animal Mask (N° 19534)

Ex-spanish African art collection.
The Tschokwe, in African art, have a male association, the mukanda, which uses about thirty African masks, made of wood, for various social purposes and related to the ancestors: the mask cikugu, the cihongo, the mask pwo, kalelwa, cikunza, but also this type of animal mask of which there are variants, which was worn on a basketry base. Colored cotton fabrics and various small objects were also added to it. The mask has an articulated bifid beak. Satin brown-red patina.
The Tschokwe, of Bantu culture, had settled in eastern Angola, but also in Congo and Zambia. Following various alliances, they mingled with the Lunda who taught them how to hunt. Their social organization also rubbed off on the Tschokwe society. However, the Tschokwe ended up dominating the Lunda, whose kingdom was dismantled at the end of the 19th century. The elephants of the region were hunted for the meat, but also for the 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 "L' Art africain," Mazenod; "Masks characters of Zambia," Jordan.  

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Originex-collection espagnole
EthnyChokwe
Countryangola
Material(s)wood, plant fibre
Height30
Width16
Weight0.60 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle inclusOptional

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