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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.


 Chibinda Ilunga Chokwe figure
African art > African Statues > Chibinda Ilunga Chokwe figure

This is a statuette of Chibinda Ilunga, founder of the Chokwé.
Here he is found sitting in a suit, arms bent, hands close to the body. The pitched back and raised chin indicate a proud and dominant attitude. Its very special headdress with two side parts and a curved penne towards the back makes it easy to recognize.


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 ...


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Chief Figure Chokwe
African art > African Statues > Statue Chokwe

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 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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Petit Masque Chokwe Pwo
African art > African mask > Chokwe Mask

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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Tchokwe box mask
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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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Small mask Cihongo, Chihongo, Chokwe
African art > African mask > Tschokwe Mask

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 ...

Chokwe Ngulu Zoomorphic Mask
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African art > African mask > Chokwe Mask

The Tschokwe, in African art, have a male association, the mukanda , which makes use of about thirty African masks, made of wood, for various social purposes and related to ancestors: the mask cikugu, the cihongo , the mask pwo, kalelwa, cikunza, but also this type of animal mask, the ngulu , which was worn on a basketry base. It was also accompanied by coloured cotton fabrics and various small objects. The obscene behaviour that accompanied his exhibition contrasted with the other masked dances. A ribbed pattern perpendicularly crosses the object, from the groin to the end of the skull. Narrow eyeballs with perforated pupils are placed obliquely, while pointed ears animate the surface. A polychrome brush was used on the surface. The Bantu-grown Tschokwe had settled in eastern Angola, but ...

Women s Mask Mwana Pwo Chokwe
African art > African mask > Chokwe Mask

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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Chokwe Divinatory Basket
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African art > African fetish > Pnaier Tschokwe

Tool accompanying the divination sessions, the basket ngomba ya chisuka , mutungu or even ngombo ya kusekula is made in basketry by women from a certain type of shrub. If it is here hemmed with feathers, genette or weasel skins are also used. Attached to the center, around a miniature representation of the mask pwo relating to fertility, various symbolic elements ( tuphele ) relate to the representation of the world for the consultant: figurines composing scenes, skulls and bones of mammals, large shells cornus, fragments of mirrors. Small statuettes and darts will be added, and with each jolt of the basket, depending on the arrangement of the objects, the soothsayer will interpret the answer to the questions asked of the Hamba spirits.
Paisiblely settled in eastern Angola until the ...


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Chokwe Ngulu Headrest
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African art > Head rest > Tschokwe neck press

African tribal sculpture, an element of African furniture to preserve the voluminous chokwe headdresses, it stands out thanks to its zoomorphic motif. Neighbouring Songo also produced a wide variety of animal-patterned stools and neck supports. Pig is found in the Tschokwe in the form of masks ngulu . Delicately satiny mahogany brown patina, discreet restoration on the seat.
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 ...


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Statuette Chokwe Mwanangana
African art > African Statues > Statuette Chokwe

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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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.
Paisiblely settled in eastern Angola until the 16th century, the Chokwé were then ...

Little Chihongo Chokwe Mask
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African art > African mask > Tschokwe Mask

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 . He's here with feathers. 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.
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 ...

Small Tschokwe Ngulu mask
African art > African mask > Chokwe Mask

The masks of the Chokwe, Luda, Luvale/Lwena, Luchazi and Mbunda clans are named in Zambia as 'makishi' or mukishi (sing. likishi). This name comes from 'kishi', a Bantu concept that evokes the manifestation of a spirit or ancestor. These agents of a social, moral and spiritual nature, forming a panel of different characters, sociable, aggressive, or unpredictable, embody indeed the spirit of an illustrious ancestor (male or female), their appearance manifested mainly during the rites of the mukanda , including circumcision, during which their true identity must remain hidden from the eyes of the lay. Their accessories and behaviour, depending on the case, symbolize moral values, highlight fertility, or parody strangers. This reduced version of the ngulu mask, worn by a professional dancer ...


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Statuette Kaponya wa Pwo nyi cikungulu Chokwe/Lwena
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African art > African Statues > Statuette Chokwe

Associated with the therapeutic cult of the type Hamba, this statuette Chokwe or Lwena embodies the female ancestor that is supposed to guarantee birth or healing. 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 associated. The related ethnic groups had the same type of altar, a witness before which rituals, oaths and important transactions were concluded.
The character who also illustrates the second wife of the legendary leader Chibinda Ilunga sports a bulging hairstyle like a helmet.
Irregular, satiny. Abrasions.
Paisiblely settled in eastern Angola until the 16th century, the Chokwé were then ...

Chef Chokwe effigy
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African art > African Statues > Chef Chokwe effigy

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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Chokwe / Lwena fiber mask
African art > African mask > Chokwe Mask

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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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 art > Head rest > Tschokwe neck press

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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African art > Commander stick > Sceptre Lunea

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.
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