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Statuette Chokwe Kaponya wa Mwana Pwo (N° 17433)

Chokwe statuette depicting the fullness of a fertile woman, symbolizing the qualities of the mythical ancestor, whose oversized feet anchor themselves on the ground. These figures were arranged around the altar muyombo, a tree at whose feet sacrifices and offerings were once made. Sculptures such as figures made of sticks or poles (Mbunji or mbanji), planted in the ground, were also included. The related ethnic groups had the same type of altar, a witness before which rituals, oaths and important transactions were concluded. The character's head features the famous mask Mukishi wa Mwana Pwo worn during Mukanda initiation ceremonies, associated with fertility and fertility. Golden brown patina, satin.
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.
Source: Chokwe, B. Wastiau; Chokwe and their Bantu Neighbours Ed. J. David and G. Merzeder.  

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Weight0.15 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°

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