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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 Cihongo Mask
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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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Chokwe Mukishi wa Thela mask
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The Tschokwe, in African art, have a male association, the mukanda, which makes use of some thirty African masks , made of wood, related to ancestors, for various social purposes: the cikugu mask, the cihongo, the pwo mask, kalelwa, cikunza, but also this type of animal mask, of which there are variants, which was worn on a basketry base. It was also attached colored cotton fabrics and various small objects. It embodies the royal eagle and therefore symbolizes royalty. The mask has a bifid articulated beak. Red brown satin patina. The Tschokwe, of Bantu culture, had established themselves in eastern Angola, but also in Congo and Zambia. Following various alliances, they mixed with the Lunda who taught them to hunt. Their social organization also influenced the Tschokwe ...


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Chokwe animal mask
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The Tschokwe, in African art, have a male association, the mukanda, which makes use of some thirty African masks , made of wood, related to ancestors, for various social purposes: the cikugu mask, the cihongo, the pwo mask, kalelwa, cikunza, but also this type of animal mask, of which there are variants, which was worn on a basketry base. Colored cotton cloth and various small objects were also attached to it.
Red brown satin patina.
The Tschokwe, of Bantu culture, had established themselves in the east of Angola, but also in Congo and Zambia. Following various alliances, they mixed with the Lunda who taught them hunting. Their social organization also influenced the Tschokwe society. The Tschokwe eventually dominated the Lunda, whose kingdom was ...


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Chokwe or Lwena neck rest
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African tribal sculpture, element of African furniture to preserve the voluminous traditional headdresses, it is distinguished by its animal motif and orange patina.

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. 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 contributing to the dismantling of the kingdom. The Chokwe did not have a centralized power but rather large chiefdoms. It was these chieftainships that attracted artists who wished to put ...


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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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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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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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Tschokwe shield
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Prestigious shield decorated with geometric patterns and the pwo mask carved in high relief. Its presence is supposed to be beneficial for its holder.
African Chokwe pwo masks, among the many akishi (sing: mukishi, indicating power) masks of African tribal Chokwe art, embody an ideal of beauty, Mwana Pwo, or female Pwo, and appear today during festive ceremonies. Joined with their male counterparts, chihongo recognizable by their large, tray-shaped headdress, the pwo are meant to bring fertility and prosperity to the community. 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 ...


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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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Chokwe, Luvale maternity statue
African art > Maternity, statues, bronze, wood > Chokwe statue

A statue associated with the Hamba type of therapeutic cult, this Chokwe or Lwena sculpture embodies a female ancestor believed to guarantee fertility or healing. These figures were arranged around the muyombo altar, a tree at the base of which sacrifices and offerings were once performed. Related ethnic groups had this same type of altar, a witness before which rituals, oaths and important transactions were concluded.
The figure would also depict the second wife of the mythical chief Chibinda Ilunga
Smooth mahogany gilt plate. Localized cracks at the base. 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 a ...


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Chokwe Mwana Pwo mask
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The Tschokwe, in African art, have a male association, the mukanda, which makes use of some thirty African masks , made of wood, related to ancestors, for various social purposes: the cikugu mask, the cihongo, the pwo mask, kalelwa, cikunza. It was also adjoined with colorful cotton cloth and various small objects. This female mask, pwo, is believed to promote fertility and fecundity.
Dark brown satin patina.
The Tschokwe, of Bantu culture, had established themselves 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 influenced the Tschokwe society. The Tschokwe eventually dominated the Lunda, whose kingdom was dismantled at the end of the 19th ...


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Sanza Chokwe Lamellophone
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.


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Chokwe, Lwena Figurative neck rest
African art > Head rest > Tschokwe neck rest

African tribal sculpture, a piece of African furniture intended, in addition to use in a ritual context, to preserve the voluminous traditional headdresses of its owners. This neck rest is distinguished by its animal motif and smooth golden brown patina. The Chokwe and their neighbors in Angola produced a variety of seats and headrests with zoomorphic motifs for dignitaries. Abrasions.
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. 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 ...

Chokwe Mwana Pwo mask
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Braided hair and a rapahia fishnet hood for this African mask of the Chokwe with finely sculpted features. The hairstyle indeed evokes that, coated with red earth, of the Chokwe women.
Smooth mahogany brown patina.
Height on base: 43 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. Nevertheless, the Chokwe never fully adopted these new social and political contributions. Three centuries later, they eventually seized the capital of the Lunda weakened by internal conflicts, contributing to the dismantling of the kingdom. The Chokwé did not have centralized power but rather large chieftaincies. They were the ones who ...


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Chokwe mortar and pestle
African art > Jars, amphoras, pots, matakam > Tschokwe pot

Cylindrical pot delicately carved with decorative motifs, intended for mixing pigments for therapeutic, cosmetic or ritual use. Lustrous patina inlaid with red ochre, remarkably soft surface. A braided strap links the anthropomorphic pestle to the mortar. The Tschokwe, of Bantu culture, had established themselves 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 influenced the Tschokwe society. The Tschokwe eventually dominated the Lunda, whose kingdom was dismantled at the end of the 19th century. Elephants in the region were hunted for meat, but also for ivory, which was intended for sale, not for the wide range of prestige items for which they excelled. The Tschokwe were ...


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Chokwe Pwo Mask
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Always worn by higher-ranking initiates, these African masks embodying a female ancestor were often adorned with buttons and accessories of European origin. A loose braided hairstyle adorns the face with large eyeballs. Satin mahogany patina.

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 are believed to ...


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Chokwe Mukishi wa Mwana Pwo mask
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The headdress of this mask is composed of a basketry hat, extended by a fishnet, and raffia knots representing tight curls. It evokes the traditional hairstyle of the Chokwe women who coated it with red clay. The features of the face are finely chiseled, enhanced by traditional scarified motifs. Smooth red ochre patina. 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. Nevertheless, the Chokwe never fully adopted these new social and political contributions. Three centuries later, they eventually seized the capital of the Lunda weakened by internal conflicts, contributing to the dismantling of the kingdom. The Chokwé did not have ...

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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Large braided hairstyle for this African mask of the Chokwe. This hairstyle is reminiscent of the red earth-coated hairstyle of the Chokwe women. A chiseled frieze of checkerboards delimits the forehead. Smooth reddish brown patina. 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. Nevertheless, the Chokwe never fully adopted these new social and political contributions. Three centuries later, they eventually seized the capital of the Lunda weakened by internal conflicts, contributing to the dismantling of the kingdom. The Chokwé did not have centralized power but rather large chiefdoms. They were the ones who attracted artists eager to put ...


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Lamellophone Chokwe
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Ex-collection African art from Belgium.Very common in Central Africa, and particularly popular among the Chokwe, this musical instrument, named sanza or likende, depending on the region, consists of a soundboard in the form of a rectangular board. Ten metal tongues have been attached to it in parallel. The thumbs of the two hands will rest on the soundboard to make the front ends of the tongues vibrate. Many instruments of this type called muyemba are incomplete because they have been stripped of the accompanying calabash that formed the sounding board (p.18 of "Instruments de musique" Jos Gansemans. ed. Collections du MRAC).
Lustrous brown patina, abrasions. The Tschokwe, of Bantu culture, settled in eastern Angola, but also in Congo and Zambia. Following various ...


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Chokwe Animal Mask
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Ex-spanish African art collection.
The Tschokwe, in African art, have a male association, the mukanda, which uses about thirty African masks, made of wood, for various social purposes and related to the ancestors: the mask cikugu, the cihongo, the mask pwo, kalelwa, cikunza, but also this type of animal mask of which there are variants, which was worn on a basketry base. Colored cotton fabrics and various small objects were also added to it. The mask has an articulated bifid beak. Satin brown-red patina.
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 ...


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