Among the African regalia, this prestigious object invokes the protection of the spirits of the ancestors thanks to the figures carved in high relief. Supported by a crocodile, a deep lidded vessel is surmounted by figures seated back to back. Brown patina rubbed with kaolin. Slight desication cracks. erosions.
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.
Elephants in the region were hunted for meat, but also for ivory which was for sale and not the wide range of prestige items at which they excelled. The Tschokwe also participated extensively in the slave trade, selling criminals and prisoners. Colonization then contributed to their migration to Congo-Kinshasa and Zambia.
Sources: "Chokwe", 5continents, B.Wastiau and "African Art", Mazenod; "Masks characters of Zambia" Jordan.
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