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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.


Chokwe Altar Figure
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This tribal sculpture glorifies the spiritual and physical power, qualities of the hunter, through the representation of the founding hero of the ethnic group, Chibinda Ilunga, leader and mythical hero Chibinda Ilunga, founder of the Chokwé ethnic group. Easily recognisable thanks to its ample curved side winged headdress (cipenya-mutwe), made up of various materials, specifically a wicker frame covered with fabric, brass, leather, beads. The oversized chief had taught his people the art of hunting. 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 having a protective function. Sitting naked on a pachyderm, the character recalls his privilege on the proceeds of hunting. Indeed, before ...


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Chokwe Mask / Lwena Pwo
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This African Chokwe mask, equipped with its raffia woven hood, has finely sculpted realistic features. The hairstyle is reminiscent of the red earthen hair of the Chokwe women. The headband engraved with parallel lines assembled in diamonds would be a typical Angolan headdress. The treatment of details, focusing on ear pavilions, nose wings, lips and face volumes, testifies to the sculptor's mastery of his art. Red light brown patina, red ochre pigments on the headdress. 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 ...


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Motherhood figure Chokwe / Lwena
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Statue associated with therapeutic cult type Hamba , this sculpture Chokwe or Lwena embodies a female ancestor supposed to guarantee fertility or healing. These figures were arranged around the altar muyombo, a tree at the foot of which sacrifices and offerings were once made. Sculptures such as figures made in 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. (Source: Chokwe, B. Wastiau)The character who also depicts the second wife of legendary chef Chibinda Ilunga sports a bulging hairstyle like a helmet and metal adornments. Smooth patina with matte granular pigments. Abrasions of the character's fingers. Xylophage ...


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Chokwe Hunting Whistle
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A common object but also a ceremonial object, he accompanied the Chokwe who wore it as a pendant, sometimes over several generations, which helped to polish its surface. The sculpted head depicts 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 not only during the dance but also in hunting to call the dogs but also to war. Thanks to the few sounds they made, information was exchanged from one place to another.
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 ...


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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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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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Masque Chokwe Pwo
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The African art Chokwe and its wide diversity of masks
The characteristic motifs present on the forehead, and sometimes on the cheekbones, are among the aesthetic canons chokwe but also served as public markers of ethnic identity. The recurrent cruciform frontal pattern would also have a cosmogonic meaning. This copy is capped with a large hull worn forward, following the fashion of the time. These masks were mainly worn during the initiation ceremonies of passage to the adult state, marking among other things the end of the privileged bond between a son and his mother. The stylized tears sublimate the resulting mixture of pride and sadness. They are now worn at pagan festivities and at political or social gatherings. Smooth, sained skate. The masks Chokwe Pwo are exclusively female ...


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Chokwe snuffbox scepter
African art > Commander stick > Sceptre Tchokwe

The Royal Chokwe Badges and African Art.
Intended to exalt the qualities of the chef, a mark of ostentation, the handle of the scepter presented is topped by a round-bump sculpture featuring Chibinda Ilunga in a sitting position, hunter and mythical hero, founder of the Chokwé ethnic group. Easily recognizable by his ample headdress with curved side wings ( cipenya-mutwe ), he had taught his people the art of hunting. 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. At the top, a pot-shaped element is intended for tobacco, the use of which was widespread among the Chokwe, with smoke serving as an offering to spirits ajimu . Black brown satin ...


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Chihongo Chokwe Mask
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This mask pendant Pwo , always worn by dancers of royal descent, is also used during the initiation rites of the society mukanda . From the sculpted bandeau in relief, engraved with parallel lines, rises a feathered headdress that a necklace of glass beads delimits. A hood woven from vegetable fibres is attached to it, having to conceal the neck of the wearer. Large eyeballs recall the inverted volumes of the mouth and discoid chin. The sacred mask Chihongo (chihongo also a plant with therapeutic properties), with a large grimacing mouth, is used in circumcision rites and royal ceremonies. 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, such as the chingelyengelye ...


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Luéna Mask, Lwena
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Of Lunda origin, 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 mask is engraved with circular patterns associated with ethnic scarifications. These details differentiate him from Tschokwe productions despite the relative similarity of their masks.
Speckled burgundy red and black. Erosions of wood concentrated on the headdress and at the top. Old break under the chin.
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Statuette Chokwe
African art > African Statues > Calebasse Tchokwe

Objects of pageantry in African art.
Designed to exalt the qualities of the chef, a mark of ostentation, this gourd with its conveyor belt has a handle sculpted in round-bump in the effigy of the legendary leader and hero Chibinda Ilunga, founder of the Chokwé ethnic group. Easily recognizable thanks to his ample headdress with curved side wings (cipenya-mutwe), he had taught his people the art of hunting. 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. The mastery of the sculptor chokwe proves once again remarkable in the modeling of the musculature and the attention to detail brought to the head. A section of reptile skin separating the ...


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Masque Pwo des Chokwe
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The engravings inscribed on The Tchokwe African masks also served as public markers of ethnic identity. The recurrent cruciform frontal pattern would also have a cosmogonic meaning. The protruding cheekbones highlighted in parallel motifs represent here the tears of the mothers following the initiation ceremonies of passage to the adult state, marking the end of the privileged bond between the child and his mother. These stylized tears sublimate the resulting mixture of pride and sadness.
The Chokwe Pwo masks of eastern Angola, southern Democratic Republic of Congo and northern Zambia, form idealized female representations for the worship of female ancestors. Indeed, the company Chokwe is organized in a matrilineal way. Joined by their male counterparts, Cihongo recognisable ...


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Chief Figure Chokwe
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This tribal sculpture, symbol of power, glorifies the hunting qualities of the founding hero of the ethnic group, Chibinda Ilunga. At his feet, a miniature figure, auxiliary spirit hamba or even descending. This little character also evokes trade and wealth, the merchants moving at the time on the back of beef. The chef, with his palms and feet oversized, has an impressive nobility headdress. A smooth, brown and shiny patina, once due to the repeated application of castor oil and dyes vegetable decoctions, covers the entire body of Chokwe African art, revealing in places dull areas. 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 ...


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Chokwe ancestor statue
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Singularity of the works of African art Chokwe
This statue of tribal art glorifies a chef wearing a European hat and sitting on a prestigious stool reserved for notables. He surrounds a tobacco pot with his large, oversized hands. Tobacco use was widespread among the Chokwe, and smoke was an integral part of offerings to spirits ajimu The repatry application of castor oil and dyes ections endowed the sculpture with a brown patina with icy reflections and stiffened the raffia belt that adorns his hips. (B. Wastiau) 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 ...


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Tchokwe box mask
African art > African mask > Box mask

These objects intended to be hung on the walls of the boxes had a protective function. It is adorned with a face covered in red ochre, bearing the motifs associated with traditional tears, reminiscent of ethnic masks. African masks Chokwe pwo , 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 to their male counterparts, chihongo recognizable by their large plateau-shaped headdress, the pwo must bring fertility and prosperity to the community.
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. ...


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Chokwe Spoon, Tshokwe
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The Tchokwe regaled them in African art

Sculpture in a round-bump made by an artist in the service of the chef, in the effigy of Chibinda Ilunga, hunter and mythical hero, founder of the Chokwé ethnic group, the character is identifiable thanks to its ample curved side winged headdress ( cipenya-mutwe). Chefs with a primary function in fertility rites, female sexual attributes, accompanied by brass nails, adorn the handle of the spoon depicting a long neck extended from a bust. Brilliant black skate.
Peacefully settled in eastern Angola until the 16th century, in the Kwilu and in the kasai River region of southern Zaire, the Chokwewere were then subjected to the Lunda empire from which they inherited a new hierarchical system and the sanctity of power. Nevertheless, the ...


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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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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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Chokwé Hunting Whistle
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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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Ancestor Chokwe s figure
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The figure, with oversized palms and feet, wears a finned wing cap, chipangula.

This effigy in tribute to Chibinda Ilunga, mythical ancestor of the Chokwe ethnic group, is represented alternately in a sitting position, legs in tailor, or standing. The dignitaries presented themselves cross-legged, as confirmed by an African proverb: The former sitting cross-legged wants to be greeted with respect". By referring to the circle of his crossed legs, the chief conveys the blessings of a life in complete orbit. The gesture Kongo. Ed. Dapper Museum He claps his hands as a sign of welcome, and to signify his interest in a subject of importance. Smooth smooth patina. Peacefully settled in eastern Angola until the 16th century, the Chokwe were then subjected to the lunda empire from ...


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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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