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Statuette Chokwe (N° 15071)

Objects of pageantry in African art.
Designed to exalt the qualities of the chef, a mark of ostentation, this gourd with its conveyor belt has a handle sculpted in round-bump in the effigy of the legendary leader and hero Chibinda Ilunga, founder of the Chokwé ethnic group. Easily recognizable thanks to his ample headdress with curved side wings (cipenya-mutwe), he had taught his people the art of hunting. The chiefs had a major function in the propitiation rites intended for the hunting and fertility of women, the objects being adorned with this figure thus, presumably, a protective function. The mastery of the sculptor chokwe proves once again remarkable in the modeling of the musculature and the attention to detail brought to the head. A section of reptile skin separating the base from the gourd is missing. Oily, sainy reddish brown patina. The Luba (Baluba in Chiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is the Katanga, specifically the region of the Lubu River, so the name (Baluba, which means \  

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Originex-collection française
Material(s)wood, plant fibre
Weight0.10 Kg
Estimated dating1ère halfxx°
Socle includedYes

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