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Statue Chokwe (N° 14469)
This African sculpture Chokwe is an object of prestige, where sharp angles and tubular and rounded volumes are harmoniously close. The female effigy supports a lidded container that served as a receptacle for tobacco, its use being widespread among the Chokwe, smoke being an integral part of offerings to spirits ajimu . Characteristic of the chokwe statuary, the proportions of the digitized feet contrast with the whole object.
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Golden brown patina, desication cracks.
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 sanctity of power. Nevertheless, the Chokwes never fully embraced these new social and political contributions. Three centuries later, they eventually seized the capital of Lunda weakened by internal conflicts, thus contributing to the dismantling of the kingdom. The Chokwe did not have 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 and quality pieces that the Lunda court employed only them. The female symbols in the Chokwe are associated with fertility and fertility rites chipango associated with the powers of the chief. The altar chipanga of Chokwe hunters is dedicated to hunting and the fertility of women.
Source: U.022Chokwe" 5continents.
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