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Peacefully settled in Eastern Angola until the 16th century, in Kwilu and the Kasai River region of southern Zaire, the Chokwe were then subjected to the Lunda Empire from which they inherited a new hierarchical system and the sacredness of power. Nevertheless, the Chokwe never fully adopted these new social and political contributions. Three centuries later, the Chokwe took over the capital of the Lunda, which had been weakened by internal conflicts, thus contributing to the dismantling of the kingdom. The Chokwe did not have a centralised power but had large chieftaincies. It was these chieftainships that attracted artists who wanted to put their skills at the exclusive service of the court. The artists created so many varied pieces of such quality that the Lunda court only employed them. From the 18th century onwards, trade with Europeans, especially the Portuguese, influenced their sculptures.


Chokwe Lwena maternity figure
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Sculpture related to the Hamba type of therapeutic cult, embodying a female ancestor, also the second wife of the mythical chief Chibinda Ilunga, who is associated with fertility and healing. These figures were arranged around the muyombo altar, a tree at the foot of which sacrifices and offerings were once performed. Also associated were carvings such as figures made in sticks or poles (Mbunji or mbanji ), planted in the ground. Related ethnic groups had this same type of altar, a witness before which rituals, oaths and important transactions were concluded.
The figure that also illustrates the second wife of the mythical chief Chibinda Ilunga sports a domed hairstyle like a helmet and metal ornaments.
Smooth patina, desiccation cracks.
Peacefully settled in eastern ...

Figure of chef Chokwe Chibinda Ilunga
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Ex-collection German African art.

The carved effigy, opposite, glorifies the qualities of hunter, mythical hero and founder of the ethnic group, Chibinda Ilunga. The chief, with oversized palms and feet, has an impressive noble headdress. Easily recognizable thanks to this large headdress with curved side wings (cipenya-mutwe), he had taught his people the art of hunting. This work is distinguished by its various finely chiseled details. Originally, the patinas were obtained through the repeated application of castor oil and coloring vegetable decoctions. Brown mahogany reflections highlight this Chokwe statue. Very good condition. Peacefully settled in eastern Angola until the sixteenth century, the Chokwe were then subjected to the Lunda Empire from which they ...

Chokwe Cihongo Mask
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Tschokwe Mask

br>In the many African masks akishi (sing: mukishi, indicating power) of African tribal art Chokwe, the powerful male counterpart of the Mwana Pwo mask is the cihongo . These masks are danced by itinerant professionals. The characteristic motifs on the forehead, and sometimes on the cheekbones, are part of the chokwe aesthetic canons but also served as public markers of ethnic identity. This recurrent cruciform frontal pattern would also have a cosmogonic significance. Always worn by dancers of royal blood, this mask embodying a spirit symbolizes power and wealth. He also intervened, at times, on occasion judgments. Dark patina maten, abrasions and cracks of desication.
The masks of the Chokwe, Luda, Luvale/Lwena, Luchazi and Mbunda clans are named in Zambia as 'makishi' (sing. ...


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Effigy of Chief Tchokwe
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Singularity of the works of African art Chokwe
A remarkable finely detailed composition qualifies this African statue of the Chokwe composed of four interlocking elements. It features a chef wearing a European hat and sitting in a prestigious seat reserved for notables. His large, oversized hands hold a tobacco pot. Tobacco use was widespread among the Chokwe, and smoke was an integral part of offerings to spirits ajimu . The meticulous treatment of facial features, and the chiseling of fingers and nails is noteworthy. The beard is also made up of human hair. The repatry application of castor oil and dyes vegetable decoctions has given the sculpture a black patina. (B. Wastiau) Peacefully settled in eastern Angola until the 16th century, the Chokwé were then subjected to the Lunda ...


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Women s Mask Mwana Pwo Chokwe
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African masks Chokwe pwo , among the many masks akishi (sing: mukishi, indicating power) of African tribal art Chokwe, are exclusively female representations that were accompanied by accessories and adornments. Joined by their male counterparts, cihongo recognizable to their large tray-shaped headdresses, the pwo must bring fertility and prosperity to the community. The characteristic motifs on the forehead, and sometimes on the cheekbones, are part of the chokwe aesthetic canons but also served as public markers of ethnic identity. This recurrent cruciform frontal pattern would also have a cosmogonic significance.
Always worn by senior-grade insiders, these women's masks were often embalmed with buttons and accessories of European origin. Pointed teeth were once a criterion for ...


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Pwo Chokwe Mask
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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. The African Chokwe pwo masks, among the many masks akishi (sing: mukishi, indicating power) of African tribal art Chokwe, embody an ideal of beauty, Mwana Pwo, or the woman Pwo and appear nowadays during festive ceremonies. Joined by their male counterparts, chihongo recognizable to their large tray-shaped headdresses, the pwo s supposed to bring fertility and prosperity to the community. The cultural logic of these two icons developed during the pre-colonial period continues to inspire artists in northeastern Angola. The characteristic motifs on the forehead, and sometimes on the cheekbones, are part ...


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Figure of Chihongo Tschokwe dancer
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Chokwe figure

Ex-collection African art from Belgium.
Among the many African masks akishi (sing: mukishi, indicating power) of African Chokwe tribal art, the powerful male counterpart to the Mwana Pwo mask is the cihongo . Here it is a figuration of a royal-blooded dancer, masked with the chihongo and dressed in his costume. The chihongo embodying a spirit symbolizes power and wealth. In addition, he sometimes intervened during judgments.
Dark glossy patina.
The masks of the Chokwe, Luda, Luvale/Lwena, Luchazi and Mbunda clans are called "makishi" ( sing. likishi) in Zambia. This name comes from "kishi", a Bantu concept that evokes the manifestation of a spirit or ancestor. These agents of social, moral and spiritual order, forming a panel of different ...


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Chokwe Mwana Pwo mask
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Always worn by higher-ranking initiates, these African masks embodying a female ancestor mwana pwo were often adorned with buttons and accessories of European origin. A basketry helmet, stretched with woven raffia and plant fiber cords, extends the sculpted headband of the headdress. An asymmetry of the features is to be noted. Satin patina, abrasions.
Height on base: 39 cm. Peacefully settled in eastern Angola until the 16th century, the Chokwe were then subjected to the Lunda empire from which they inherited a new hierarchical system and the sacredness of power. The African Chokwe pwo masks, among the many akishi (sing: mukishi, indicating power) masks of African Chokwe art, embody an ideal of beauty, Mwana Pwo, or the female Pwo and appear today during festive ...


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Sanza Chokwe Lamellophone
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African art > Tam Tam, Djembe, musical instruments > Sanza Tschokwe

Widely used in Central Africa, this traditional African musical instrument or sanza consists of a sounding board to which parallel metal slats have been attached. The slats, of varying lengths, are sometimes made of bamboo. The thumbs of both hands will press on the board to vibrate the front ends of the strips. In Zaire, however, where all fingers are used as for the piano, groups of instruments play in complementary registers. The instrument will also sometimes accompany a singer.
This sanza is carved with a face and traditional decorative motifs.
Oiled brown patina, matt. Abrasions.

Chokwé Hunting Whistle
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African art > Used objects, pulleys, boxes, loom, awale > Chokwé Whistle

Jan Putteneers African Art Collection.

Usual object but also ceremonial, he accompanied the Chokwe who wore it as a pendant, which helped polish their surface. The sculpted head could represent a head wearing the crown chipangula. Two small side holes have been fitted out for sound.
Played together, whistles, produced in large numbers, were used both during dances and hunting to call dogs but also to war. Thanks to the few sounds they made, information was exchanged from one place to another.
The Chokwé have become known in the Western world for their works of art, which are highly appreciated in the general context of African art.
The sculpted face of the founding hero Tshibinda Ilunga is recognized on this piece. This central character has a very special ...


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Chokwe Chihongo mask
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Tschokwe mask

A companion to the African Pwo mask, always worn by dancers of royal descent, this mask is also used during initiation rites in the mukanda society. A very realistic hair ornament, made of human hair and raffia fibers, bordered by a beaded necklace, highlights delicately carved features. The sacred Chihongo mask ( chihongo also being a plant with therapeutic virtues) , endowed with a wide grinning mouth , is used during circumcision rites and royal ceremonies. The characteristic patterns present on the forehead, and sometimes on the cheekbones, are part of the Chokwe aesthetic canons but also served as public markers of ethnic identity, such as the chingelyengelye cross.
Peacefully settled in eastern Angola until the sixteenth century, the Chokwe were then subjected to the ...


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Women s Mask Chokwe Mwana pwo
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Ex-Corsican African art collection.
A wickerwork helmet, on which knotted textile strips form the curls of a dense hairstyle reminiscent of the red earth-coated hair of the Chokwe women. Harmonious features of the face are finely chiselled, enhanced with traditional scarified patterns. Smooth satin orange brown patina.
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. Nevertheless, the Chokwé never fully adopted these new social and political contributions. Three centuries later, the Chokwé eventually seized the capital of the Lunda weakened by internal conflicts, thus contributing to the dismantling of the kingdom. The Chokwé did ...


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Tschokwe mask
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Collection of African art from Belgium. Illustrating the stylistic diversity of African masks of Chokwe initiation, this mask coated with a yellow patina still wears its plant fiber headdress, giving it a curly hair-like appearance.
Velvety and abraded matt patina. Height on base (to be reduced on request): 52 cm.
Peacefully settled in eastern Angola until the 16th century, the Chokwe were then subjected to the Lunda empire from which they inherited a new hierarchical system and the sacredness of power. The Chokwe did not have centralized power but large chieftaincies. They were the ones who attracted artists eager to put their skills to the exclusive service of the court. The artists created so many varied pieces of such quality that the Lunda court employed ...


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Chokwe figure
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Chokwe figure

This female figure associated with the mythical female ancestor is said to intervene in human fertility and the fertility of the land. Her face forms a miniature replica of the powerful mukishi wa pwo nyi cijingo ca tangwa mask topped with the kambu ja tota. ("Chokwe and Their Bantu Neighbours" Rodrigues de Areia.) br> Orange brown satin patina. Cracks.
Peacefully settled in eastern Angola until the sixteenth century, the Chokwe were then subjected to the Lunda empire from which they inherited a new hierarchical system and the sacredness of power. Nevertheless, the Chokwe never fully adopted these new social and political contributions. Three centuries later, the Chokwe eventually took over the capital of the Lunda, which had been weakened by internal conflicts, thus ...


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Chokwe Mwana Pwo mask
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A wickerwork helmet, with textile braids on top of it representing a dense head of hair, adorns this African mask of the Chokwe. The hairstyle is reminiscent of that of the Chokwe women, which is coated with red clay.
A wide chiseled band delimits the forehead. The finely sculpted features are accompanied by decorative motifs reminiscent of the group's traditional scarifications. The distinctive patterns present on the forehead, and sometimes on the cheekbones, are part of the chokwe aesthetic canons, like the pointed teeth, but also served as public markers of ethnic identity. The recurring cruciform frontal motif is furthermore thought to carry a cosmogonic significance. Always worn by higher-ranking initiates, these female masks were often adorned with buttons and ...


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Chokwe Mwana pwo Mask
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Ex-collection African tribal art from Monaco.
The African masks Chokwe pwo, among the many masks akishi (sing: mukishi, indicating power) of African tribal art Chokwe, are exclusively female representations that were accompanied by accessories and adornments. It is here accessorized with a fishnet and a hairstyle made of vegetal fibers. Joined to their male counterparts, cihongo recognizable by their large tray-shaped headdress, the pwo should bring fertility and prosperity to the community. The characteristic patterns on the forehead, and sometimes on the cheekbones, are part of the Chokwe aesthetic canons but also served as public markers of ethnic identity. This recurring cruciform frontal motif is also said to have cosmogonic significance. Always worn by ...


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Chokwe Mwana pwo mask
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Always worn by higher-ranking initiates, these African masks embodying a female ancestor mwana pwo were often adorned with buttons and accessories of European origin. A hairstyle composed of braids assembled in shells embellishes the scarified face. Satin brown patina, plum highlights.
Peacefully settled in eastern Angola until the 16th century, the Chokwe were then subjected to the Lunda empire from which they inherited a new hierarchical system and the sacredness of power. The African Chokwe pwo masks, among the many akishi (sing: mukishi, indicating power) masks of African Chokwe art, embody an ideal of beauty, Mwana Pwo, or the female Pwo and appear today during festive ceremonies. Joined with their male counterparts, chihongo recognizable by their large, tray-shaped ...


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Scepter Tchokwe
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Tshokwe Chiefdoms and African Art

Intended to exalt the qualities of the leader, mark of ostentation, this scepter represents the political and symbolic power, by a sculpture in round-bump which represents Chibinda Ilunga naked and in seated position, hunter and mythical hero, founder of the Chokwe ethnic group . Easily recognizable by his wide cap with curved lateral wings (cipenya-mutwe), he had taught his people the art of hunting. The chiefs had a major function in the rites of propitiation for the hunting and fertility of women, the objects being adorned with this figure having, therefore, a protective function. Peacefully settled in eastern Angola until the 16th century, the Chokwe were then subjected to the lunda empire from which they inherited a new hierarchical ...


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Tshokwe Command Stick
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The Tchokwe regaled them in African art
Em of power being part of the regalia, a mark of ostentation, this scepter represents political and symbolic power.  A round-bump sculpture created by an artist in the service of the chef, in the image of Chibinda Ilunga, hunter and mythical hero, founder of the Chokwé ethnic group, the character is identifiable thanks to his ample headdress with curved side fins . cipenya-mutwe). 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.

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 ...


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Lwena Chokwe Pipe
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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. Aimed in most cases at satisfying the thirst for prestige of their holders, however, ...


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Chokwe Mwana Pwo mask
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Always worn by initiates of higher rank, these masks embodying a female ancestor were often adorned with buttons and accessories of European origin. A wide braided hairstyle adorns the face with large eyeballs. Satin chocolate patina.
Height on base: 34 cm. Peacefully settled in eastern Angola until the 16th century, the Chokwe were then subjected to the Lunda empire from which they inherited a new hierarchical system and the sacredness of power. The African Chokwe pwo masks, among the many akishi (sing: mukishi, indicating power) masks of African Chokwe art, embody an ideal of beauty, Mwana Pwo, or the female Pwo and appear today during festive ceremonies. Joined with their male counterparts, chihongo recognizable by their large, tray-shaped headdress, the pwo ...


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