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Tschokwe mask (N° 21465)

Collection of African art from Belgium. Illustrating the stylistic diversity of African masks of Chokwe initiation, this mask coated with a yellow patina still wears its plant fiber headdress, giving it a curly hair-like appearance.
Velvety and abraded matt patina. Height on base (to be reduced on request): 52 cm.
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. The Chokwe did not have centralized power but large chieftaincies. They were the ones who attracted artists eager to put their skills to the exclusive service of the court. The artists created so many varied pieces of such quality that the Lunda court employed only them. The African Chokwe pwo masks ,among the many akishi or "akixi" (sing: mukishi , indicating power)of Chokwe tribal art, are exclusively female representations that were accompanied by accessories and adornments. They were, however, worn by high-ranking men. Joined to their male counterparts, cihongo recognizable by their large tray-shaped headdress, the pwo are meant to bring fertility and prosperity to the community.  

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OriginCollection belge V.
EthnyChokwe
Countryangola
Material(s)wood, plant fibre
Height32
Width18
Weight1.29 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°
Socle includedYes

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