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Tschokwe pin (N° 22621)

Among the hair ornaments and ceremonial objects of the Tschokwe, this type of long pin was stuck in sophisticated traditional hairstyles. Finely sculpted adornment with a cephalomorphic motif referring to the ritual sculptures of the group.
Brown satin patina.
The Tschokwe, of Bantu culture, had settled in eastern Angola, but also in Congo and Zambia. Following various alliances, they mixed with the Lunda who taught them hunting. Their social organization also rubbed off on Tschokwe society. The Tschokwe however ended up dominating over the Lunda whose kingdom was dismantled at the end of the 19th century. Colonization then contributed to their migration to Congo-Kinshasa and Zambia. 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.  

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OriginEx-collection belge
EthnyChokwe
Countryangola
Material(s)wood
Height cm28
Width4 cm
Weight0.05 Kg
Socle includedYes

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