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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.


Tschokwe mask
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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.
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Among 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. Semi-saturated brown patina, small shards. Height on a base: 30 cm.
The masks of the Chokwe, Luda, Luvale/Lwena, Luchazi and Mbunda clans are named in Zambia as ...


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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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Always worn by higher-ranking initiates, this type of African mask embodying a female ancestor features classic traditional Pwo features and markings. Dark abraded patina.
Height on base: 35 cm.

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. 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 woman Pwo and appear nowadays during festive ceremonies. Joined to their male counterparts, chihongo recognizable by their large plate-shaped headdress, the pwo are believed to bring fertility and prosperity to the community. The ...


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Chokwe Pot
African art > Jars, amphoras, pots, matakam > Chokwe Pot

This container was probably designed for tobacco or therapeutic ingredients. Tobacco use was indeed widespread among the Chokwe, and smoking was an integral part of offerings to ajimu spirits. Soft slightly satiny patina. Desication crack.

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, they ended up seizing the capital of the Lunda weakened by internal conflicts, thus contributing to the dismantling of the kingdom. The Chokwé did not have centralized power but large chiefdoms. They were the ones who attracted artists ...


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Chokwe figure
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African Chokwe statuette depicting a chief seated on a prestigious seat reserved for notables. Wearing a European hat, he has a tobacco jar. Tobacco use was widespread among the Chokwe, and smoking was an integral part of offerings to ajimu spirits. Chokwe sculptures of the same type were smeared with castor oil and coloring vegetable decoctions. (B. Wastiau) Desication crack, shiny bronze 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, they ended up seizing the capital of the Lunda weakened by internal conflicts, thus ...


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This female figure of the Chokwe type, generally associated with the therapeutic cult of the Hamba type, would embody a female ancestor believed to guarantee fertility or healing. These statues were arranged around the muyombo altar, a tree at the foot of which sacrifices and offerings were once made. Sculptures such as figures made from sticks or poles (Mbunji or mbanji), planted in the ground, were also featured. The related ethnic groups had this same type of altar, a witness before which rituals, oaths and important transactions were concluded.
Glossy dark patina.
Source: "Chokwe", B. Wastiau; "Chokwe and their Bantu Neighbors" ed.J. David and G. Merzeder. Peacefully settled in eastern Angola until the 16th century, the Chokwe were then subjected to the Lunda ...


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Tschokwe mask
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Always worn by initiates of higher rank, this type of African mask embodying a female ancestor was often embellished with buttons and accessories of European origin. Raffia braids adorn the hairstyle and the face offering the classic traditional features and marks of the Pwo. Satin black patina.
Height on base: 43 cm.

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. 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 woman Pwo and appear nowadays during festive ceremonies. Joined to their male counterparts, chihongo ...


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Chokwé Whistle
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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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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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Chokwe Drum
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African art > Tam Tam, Djembe, musical instruments > Chokwe Drum

Ex-German African art collection.

Among the royal musical instruments of the Tschokwe, this ceremonial drum is supported by two carved faces. The latter, rising from a thick, partially damaged cylindrical base, adopt some of the features of the chihongo mask. In each chiefdom, an attendant would announce each solemn event by means of the drum. According to legend, the membrane of the instrument once concealed a second skin: that of a sacrificial victim. Dark brown patina, ochre residues.
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 ...


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Statue Chokwe
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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.
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 ...


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Chokwe pipe
African art > African pipes in wood, in bronze > Chokwe pipe

Aiming in most cases to satisfy the thirst for prestige of their owners, utilitarian objects had to be adapted to the social rank of each. This small ritual pipe has a mouthpiece carved with a head referring to the ancestors of the clan. Tobacco use was widespread among the Chokwe, and smoking was an integral part of offerings to ajimu spirits
Beautiful patina lustrous by use, 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 sacredness of power. br>


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Statuette Chokwe
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This statuette, symbol of power, would feature the mythical ancestor founder of the ethnic group, Chibinda Ilunga wearing his impressive adornment. This type of figure, represented without the hunter's accessories, is called mwanangana (chief statue). Easily recognizable by this ample headdress with curved side fins (cipenya-mutwe), he had taught his people the art of hunting. Skate rather clear, dull, abraded. Slight cracks.
Paisiblely 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 Chokwé never fully embraced these new social and political contributions. Three centuries later, they eventually seized the capital of the Lunda, ...


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Tschokwe mask
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Often depicting beautiful young women, this pwo mask indicates here, thanks to the bone structure, that it is an older woman. Always worn by initiates of higher rank, these African masks embodying a female ancestor were often adorned with buttons and accessories of European origin. Devoid of any accessories, this example is coated with a relatively matte velvety patina. Small crashes.

Height on base: 34 cm.

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. 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 ...


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Tschokwe mask
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Always worn by initiates of higher rank, these African masks embodying a female ancestor mwana pwo were often adorned with buttons and accessories of European origin. This sober copy takes up the feminine aesthetic criteria in use, finesse of the features, keloids in relief, filed teeth. Cracks, glossy black patina.
Height on base: 31 cm.
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. 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 woman Pwo and appear nowadays during festive ceremonies. Joined to their male ...


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Statue Tschokwe
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This effigy of dignitary presents a ceremonial hairstyle adapted to his rank, traditional scarifications and organs raised with red pigments. The role of this statue would be associated with the initiation ceremonies of the young girls. It would also embody the notions of fertility that distinguish between childhood and adult life. In the luvale , Lwena, zambia, also close neighbours of the Chokwe like the Lunda, these initiation periods ended with festive rites: ritual anointings of oil and red clay on the bodies, elaborate hairstyles and beaded adornments.
Peacefully settled in eastern Angola until the 16th century, the Chokwé were then subjected to the empire Lunda from which they inherited a new hierarchical system and the sanctity of power. Nevertheless, the Chokwes never ...


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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 ...


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Tschokwe pin
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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 ...


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Chokwe mask
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Reduced in size, this mask illustrates a type of African chokwe mask, among the many akishi or "akixi" masks (sing: mukishi, indicating power), which accompanied by accessories and ornaments. They were worn by high-ranking men.
Together with their male counterparts, cihongo recognizable by their tray-shaped headdress, the pwo must bring fertility and prosperity to the community. The characteristic patterns present on the forehead, and sometimes on the cheekbones, are part of the chokwe aesthetic canons and also served as public markers of ethnic identity. The cruciform frontal motif, replaced here by a band in slight relief decorated with striated motifs, would also have a cosmogonic significance. These masks were mainly worn during initiation ceremonies of transition to adulthood, ...


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Tschokwe figure
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br>Often associated with the therapeutic cult of the Hamba type, this type of female figure for personal use incarnates a female ancestor believed to guarantee fertility or healing. They could be arranged around the muyombo altar, a tree at the foot of which sacrifices and offerings were once made.
Glossy patina with abrasions of use.

Traces of ocher pigments. Crack at the base. 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, they ended up seizing the capital of the Lunda weakened by internal conflicts, thus ...


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