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Chokwe Box, Tschokwe (N° 19120)
Among the African regalia, this prestigious object invokes the protection of the spirits of the ancestors through carved figures. Supported by an animal caryatid, a rectangular box closed by a shutter is surmounted by a seated figure. Brown-black patina rubbed with ochre. Cracks of desiccation.
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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.< br />
Sources: "Chokwe", 5continents, B.Wastiau and "L' Art africain", Mazenod; "Masks characters of Zambia" Jordan.
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