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Peacefully settled in eastern Angola until the sixteenth century, in Kwilu and in the Kasai 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, they ended up seizing the capital of Lunda weakened by internal conflicts, thus contributing to the dismantling of the kingdom. The Chokwe did not have centralized power but large chiefdoms. They attracted artists who wanted to put their know-how at the exclusive service of the court. The artists created so many varied pieces and of such quality that the Lunda court only employed them. From the eighteenth century, exchanges with Europeans, especially the Portuguese, influenced their sculptures.


Chef Chokwe effigy
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Chockwe in African art.
Sculpté in a piece of monoxyle wood, the character is here perched on a circular pedestal, knees half bent. The prominence of the abdomen is enhanced by amplified hands, as are feet with exaggerated volume, indicating its power. It bears the head adornment of the Chokwe aristocrats, high and elaborate, with curved side fins. Its high, bulging forehead, accentuated by shaving hair, was once an ideal of beauty among the Chokwe. On the other hand, the sculptor has particularly cared for the musculature of his subject, which the smooth and shiny brown patina also enhances.
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 ...


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Petit Masque Chokwe Pwo
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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 / Lwena fiber mask
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This mask is made up, around a wicker frame, of plant fibers solidly woven to form a flat structure supporting strokes modeled in clay materials. The whole thing is surrounded by a raffia pad, like shaggy hair. This type of mask was worn on the shoulder or by hand during ritual dances.
As Lunda origin, the Lwena emigrated from Angola to Zaire in the 19th century, repelled by the Chokwe. When some became slave traders, other groups found refuge in Zambia, forming the Luvale, Lovale. Their society is matrilineal, exogamous and polygamous. The Lwena and Luvale became known for their sculptures embodying figures of deceased ancestors and chiefs, and their masks related to the initiation rites of the mukanda, a secret male association shared by all these groups in the same territory, ...


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Masque Chokwe Pwo
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This African Chokwe mask features a basket helmet draped in a textile and extended with a woven seedling in plant fibres. An abundant hair, composed of twisted cotton ribbons, conceals the whole. The hairstyle is reminiscent of the red earthen hair of the Chokwe women. A narrow headband decorated with raised motifs is carved on the forehead. The fineness of the features is a recurrence in the sculpture of Chokwe masks. Dark brown, sained skate. 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 ...


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Statuette Chokwe Kaponya wa Mwana Pwo
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Chokwe statuette depicting the fullness of a fertile woman, symbolizing the qualities of the mythical ancestor, whose oversized feet anchor themselves on the ground. These figures were arranged around the altar muyombo, a tree at whose feet sacrifices and offerings were once made. Sculptures such as figures made of sticks or poles (Mbunji or mbanji), planted in the ground, were also included. The related ethnic groups had the same type of altar, a witness before which rituals, oaths and important transactions were concluded. The character's head features the famous mask Mukishi wa Mwana Pwo worn during Mukanda initiation ceremonies, associated with fertility and fertility. Golden brown patina, satin.
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Luba ceremonial axe
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Weapons of dignitaries in African art
Hache des Luba central, associated with the prestige of the leader, and whose blade is finely incised with parallel lines.
The Luba (Baluba in Chiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is the Katanga, specifically the region of the Lubu River, so the name (Baluba, which means \


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Chokwe neck support
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African tribal sculpture, an element of African furniture to preserve the voluminous chokwe headdresses, it stands out thanks to its clean shapes of a beautiful symmetry and its contours that many small tapestry nails emphasize with refinement. Each end of the seat is sheathed with copper slats. Polished patina and shiny mahogany brown. Slight desication 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, weakened by internal conflicts, thus contributing to the ...


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Lwena Scepter / Chokwe
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The Lwena emigrated from Angola to Zaire in the 19th century, repelled by the Chokwe. Some became slave traders, others, the Lovale, found refuge in Zambia and near the Zambezi in Angola. Their society is matrilineal, exogamous and polygamous. The Lwena became known for their honey-coloured sculptures, embodying figures of deceased ancestors and chiefs, and their masks related to the initiation rites of the mukanda . This prestigious emblem is composed of different sculpted sections, including a female figure depicted kneeling, eyes closed, topped with janiform faces wearing a tiara. Light wood coated with abraded black pigments.
Paisiblely settled in eastern Angola until the 16th century, the Chokwé were then subjected to the Lunda empire from which they inherited a new ...


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Chokwe Chest, Tschokwe
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The chest with metal inlays and veneers is topped with an effigy of the mythical hero, founder of the ethnic group, Chibinda Ilunga, sporting a large headdress ( cipenya-mutwe or chipangula) which consisted of a frame of wicker covered with fabric, brass, leather, and beads. The dignitaries presented themselves cross-legged in suits, as confirmed by an African proverb: "The former seated with his legs crossed wishes to be greeted with respect" " By the allusion to the circle of his crossed legs, the chief conveys the blessings of a life in full orbit. " ("The Kongo" gesture, ed. Dapper Museum) The chief claps his hands as a sign of welcome and to signal his interest in a matter of importance.
Depictions of the chihongo mask also appear on this prestigious piece of furniture.


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Luvale / Chokwe Mask
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Originally from Lunda, the Lwena emigrated from Angola to Zaire in the 19th century, repelled by the Chokwe. When some became slave traders, other groups found refuge in Zambia, forming the Luvale, Lovale. Their society is matrilineal, exogamous and polygamous. The Lwena and Luvale became known for their sculptures embodying figures of deceased ancestors and chiefs, and their masks related to the initiation rites of the mukanda, a secret male association shared by all these groups in the same territory, with some variations, however. Their sculpture was largely influenced by that of the Chokwe. The masks of the Chokwe, Luda, Luvale/Lwena, Luchazi and Mbunda clans are named in Zambia as 'makishi' (sing. likishi). This name comes from 'kishi', a Bantu concept that evokes the manifestation ...


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Chef Tschokwe s effigy
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This tribal sculpture, accompanied by many figurative details, glorifies the spiritual and physical power, qualities of the hunter, by the representation of the founding hero of the ethnic group, Chibinda Ilunga , mythical leader and hero , founder of the Chokwé ethnic group. Easily recognizable by its ample headdress with curved side fins (cipenya-mutwe), which consisted of various materials, from a wicker frame covered with fabric, brass, leather, and beads. The oversized-handed leader had taught his people the art of hunting. The chiefs had a major function in the rites of propitiation intended for the hunting and fertility of women, the objects being decorated with this figure having a protective function. He is represented surrounded by auxiliary spirit 'hamba' which could also be ...


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Chokwe caryatide seat
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African art > African Chair > Tabouret Tschokwe

A piece of African furniture, monoxyle, this prestigious stool illustrates attachment to ancestors, through the central sculpted figure. The latter symbolizes power and fertility through maternal lineage. The chiefs chokwe had a major function in the rites of propitiation intended for the hunting and fertility of women, objects exalting the power providing protection.
The chair is lined with a thick sheet of cuive with engraved decorative motifs. The metal also appears in the form of caryatid jewelry and upholstery nails around the edges of the seat and base. Light wood brown grey. Abrasions, cracks, moderate xylophageal footprints.
Paisiblely settled in eastern Angola until the 16th century, the Chokwé were then subjected to the Lunda empire from which they inherited a new ...


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Statuette Chokwe Chibinda Ilunga
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This statuette, symbol of power, glorifies the hunting qualities of the mythical hero founder of the ethnic group, Chibinda Ilunga. The chef, with oversized palms and feet, has an impressive nobility headdress. Easily recognizable by this ample headdress with curved side fins (cipenya-mutwe), he had taught his people the art of hunting. A smooth, brown and shiny patina, once due to the repeated application of castor oil and coloring vegetable decoctions, covers the entire african chokwe piece of art.
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. ...


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Tabouret Chokwe
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African art > African Chair > Sitting Chokwe

Among the regalia of dignitaries, this carved stool illustrates the importance given to the prestige of its owner. The protection of ancestors is invoked through carved effigies. The central figure at the top appears to be Chibinda Ilunga, a mythical hunter and hero and founder of the Chokwé ethnic group. The chiefs had a major function in the rites of propitiation intended for the hunting and fertility of women, the objects being decorated with this figure therefore presumably having a protective function. Different scenes adorn the base, featuring protective spirits akishi . The seat of the chair, clearer, is encrusted with small upholstery nails forming the traditional cruciform motif of the Tschokwe appearing on the masks of the ethnic group. Brilliant black patina.br-Peacefully ...


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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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Large anthropomorphic pot Chokwe
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African art > African Jar > Can Tschokwe

This anthropomorphic container depicts the leader, mythical hero Chibinda Ilunga, wearing a winged headdress of a certain size, chipangula or cipenya mutwe . These hairstyles consisted of various materials, specifically a wicker frame covered with fabric, brass, leather, pearls. The chief had taught his people the art of hunting. The chiefs had a major function in the rites of propitiation intended for the hunting and fertility of women, the objects being decorated with this figure therefore presumably having a protective function. The bust forms a deep container with a circular lid that shows the head of the figure. Greyish brown patina, desication cracks and abrasions.
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Chokwe Katoyo Mask
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Ex-French tribal art collection.
Mask of derision, this type of African mask, within the diversity of masks akishi (sing: mukishi , indicating the power) of African art Chokwe, caricatures a stranger with a face reddened by the sun, in guises fine and sharp, and sometimes grotesque and monstrous. His dancer, dressed in a full costume of plant fibres, appeared at the circumcision ceremonies of the mukanda, and humorously mimicned outrageous sexual behaviors. Alongside these masks, the powerful cihongo , recognizable by their large plateau-shaped headdress, are associated with the chiefdom. Women's masks pwo must bring fertility and prosperity to the community. This rectangular, flat mask has an unusual structure. It is also accompanied by a wig composed of a wicker frame and raffia ...


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Statue Chokwe Luena, Lwena
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This statuette Chokwe or Lwena, associated with the therapeutic cult of the type Hamba , embodies a female ancestor, perhaps the second wife of the mythical leader Chibinda Ilunga, supposed to guarantee fertility or healing. Her mature woman's body bears scarifications testifying to different stages of initiation. Her necklace is made up of beads of glasses, buttons, cauris and osselet. Ritual coatings, clear, remain encrusted on the surface. These figures were arranged around the altar muyombo , a tree at whose feet sacrifices and offerings were once made. Sculptures made of sticks or poles (Mbunji or mbanji), planted in the ground, were also associated. The related ethnic groups had the same type of altar, a witness before which rituals, oaths and important transactions were concluded. ...


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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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Chokwe Mask
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Ex-Swiss African art collection.
The African Chokwe pwo masks, among the many masks akishi (sing: mukishi , indicating the power) of African tribal art Chokwe, are exclusively female representations that were accompanied by accessories and adornments. Joined to their male counterparts, cihongo recognizable by their large plateau-shaped headdress, pwo must 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 north-eastern Angola. 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 recurrent cruciform frontal pattern would also have a cosmogonic meaning. ...


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Statuette Lwena
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Of Lunda origin, the Lwena emigrated from Angola to Zaire in the 19th century, repelled by the Chokwe. When some became slave traders, others, the Lovale, found refuge in Zambia. Their society is matrilineal, exogamous and polygamous. The Lwena became known for their sculptures depicting figures of deceased ancestors and chiefs, and their masks related to the initiation rites of the mukanda . Their sculpture was largely influenced by that of the Chokwe.This female figure is associated with the mythical female ancestor and intervenes on human fertility and the fertility of the land. His face forms a miniature replica of the powerful mask mukishi wa pwo nyi cijingo ca tangwa wearing the kambu ja tota. ("Chokwe and Their Bantu Neighbours" Rodrigues de Areia.) b-patine glossy chocolate.


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