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Chokwe mask (N° 22689)
The Tschokwe, in African art, have a male association, the mukanda, which makes use of about thirty masks for various social purposes and related to ancestors: the cikugu mask, the cihongo, the pwo mask, kalelwa, cikunza > , but also this type of animal mask, the ngulu accessorized with basketwork. It was also accompanied by colored cotton fabrics and various small objects. The obscene behavior that accompanied his exhibition contrasted with the other masked dances. Grainy ocher brown patina.
The Tschokwe, of Bantu culture, had settled in eastern Angola, but also in Congo and Zambia. Following various alliances, they mingled with the Lunda who taught them hunting.
Elephants in the region were hunted for meat, but also for ivory which was intended 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.
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|Material(s)||wood, plant fibre|
|Estimated dating||circa 1960|
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