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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.


Small Chokwe Ngulu Mask
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This reduced version of the ngulu mask, here with horns, worn by a professional dancer moving from village to village, appeared during the dances akishi a ku hangana . It is coated in red ochre like many Chokwe masks. A raffia adornment remains attached to the contours. Height on a base: 42 cm.
The African 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 social, moral and spiritual agents, forming a panel of different characters, sociable, aggressive, or unpredictable, embody the spirit of an illustrious ancestor (male or female), their appearance manifested mainly during the rites of the mukanda, ...


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Women s Mask Chokwe Mwana pwo
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A wickerwork helmet, on which braided raffia figures the curls of dense hair, adorns this African mask of the Chokwe. This hairstyle is reminiscent of the red earth-coated hairstyle of the Chokwe women. The forehead is delimited by a cowrie shell trim and a headband finely engraved on wood. Large aluminum buckles highlight the finesse of the features. Smooth reddish brown patina. Residual kaolin inlays on the eyes.
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 ...


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Figure of Chef Tschokwe Chibinda Ilunga
African art > African Statues > Statue Chokwe

This statue, symbol of power, glorifies the ancestor and mythical hero founder of the ethnic group, Chibinda Ilunga. The chief, with oversized palms and feet, has an impressive noble headdress. Easily recognizable thanks to this large headdress with curved side wings (cipenya-mutwe) which was made of a wicker frame covered with fabric, brass, leather, and pearls, he had taught his people the art of hunting. The dignitaries presented themselves cross-legged in suits, which is confirmed by an African proverb: "The elder sitting cross-legged wishes to be greeted with respect" "By the allusion to the circle of his cross-legged 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 ...

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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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.
Paisiblely settled in eastern Angola until the 16th century, the Chokwé were then subjected to the Lunda empire ...

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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Statuette Chokwe Chibinda Ilunga
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Ex-collection German African art.

This statuette, symbol of power, glorifies the hunting qualities of the mythical hero founder of the ethnic group, Chibinda Ilunga. The chief, with oversized palms and feet, has an impressive noble headdress. Easily recognizable thanks to this large headdress with curved side wings (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 plant decoctions, covers the whole of this piece of African Chokwe art. 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 Chokwé never fully ...


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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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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 Women s Caryatid Seat
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Ex-collection German African art.
A piece of African furniture, monoxyl, this prestigious stool illustrates the attachment to ancestors, through the carved figure supporting the seat. It symbolizes power and fecundity through maternal lineage. The chiefs chokwe had a major function in propitiation rites for the hunting and fertility of women, the objects exalting power providing protection. The surface of the seat is inlaid with hundreds of upholstery nails. The metal also appears in the form of earrings and patterns on the face and shoulders of the carved effigy. Matt patina with orange reflections, residual ochre inlays. Cracks of desiccation.
Peacefully settled in eastern Angola until the 16th century, the Chokwé were then subjected to the Lunda Empire from which they ...

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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Chokwe snuffbox scepter
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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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Chokwe Mwana Pwo Mask
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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 embed with buttons and accessories of European origin. Pointed teeth were once a criterion for beauty.


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Chokwe Cut Carrier Statue
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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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Figure of chef Chokwe Chibinda Ilunga
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Ex-collection German African art.

The carved effigy, opposite, glorifies the qualities of hunter, mythical hero and founder of the ethnic group, Chibinda Ilunga. The chief, with oversized palms and feet, has an impressive noble headdress. Easily recognizable thanks to this large headdress with curved side wings (cipenya-mutwe), he had taught his people the art of hunting. This work is distinguished by its various finely chiseled details. Originally, the patinas were obtained through the repeated application of castor oil and coloring vegetable decoctions. Brown mahogany reflections highlight this Chokwe statue. Very good condition. Peacefully settled in eastern Angola until the sixteenth century, the Chokwe were then subjected to the Lunda Empire from which they ...

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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Masque Chokwe Pwo
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An African mask that intervenes during the initiation ceremonies of the adult state, the mukanda , marking among other things the end of the special bond between a son and his mother. This copy devoid of accessories, symbol of the first ancestor, offers checkered keloids forming stripes on the cheeks. The mouth opens on lined teeth, a criterion of feminine beauty in the Chokwe. A large headband engraved with parallel lines demarcates the forehead. The asymmetry of the sculpture is noteworthy. The nose flags bear witness to the attention to detail. Erosions of the chocolate patina. Smooth, sainy surface. 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 ...


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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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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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Women s Mask Mwana Pwo Chokwe
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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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Masque Chokwe Pwo
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Always worn by superior initiates, these masks embodying a female ancestor were often embalmed with buttons and accessories of European origin. This piece is decorated with a basket and raffia hood on which are assembled twisted wires depicting mats. The design of the braids bordering the mask extends into a handle.
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. The African Chokwe pwo masks, among the many masks akishi (sing: mukishi, indicating power) of African 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 ...


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