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Tschokwe panel (N° 22192)

Carved panel decorated with coins and geometric patterns. Its center bears a head in high relief in the image of the African mask pwo. This type of sculpture had a protective function of the hearth. Reddish brown patina, resinous mass.
Height on base: 48 cm.
The African Chokwe pwo masks, among the many akishi (sing: mukishi, indicating power) masks of African Chokwe tribal art, embody an ideal of beauty, Mwana Pwo, or the Pwo woman and appear today during festive ceremonies. Joined to their male counterparts, chihongo recognizable by their large plate-shaped headdress, the pwo must bring fertility and prosperity to the community. Peacefully 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 sacredness of power. The Chokwé did not have centralized power but large chiefdoms. They were the ones who attracted artists wishing to put their know-how at the exclusive service of the court. The artists created so many varied pieces and of such quality that the Lunda court only employed them.  

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Originex-collection belge
EthnyChokwe
Countryangola
Material(s)wood, vannerie, metal
Height cm29
Width17 cm
Weight0.85 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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