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Fertility figure Chokwe Kaponya wa Pwo (N° 16678)

This Chokwe statue, usually associated with therapeutic cult type Hamba, 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 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 takes on the features of the famous mask Mukishi wa Mwana Pwo worn during Mukanda initiation ceremonies, associated with fertility and fertility. A figure of a fertile woman, the sculptor opted for solid volumes, combined with refined details such as finely digitized hands, subtle scarifications, and a carefully modeled face. The glass beaded adornments magnify the dark luster of the patina. Stigmaof of the carpet nail encrusted on the forehead. Quality room.
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.
Source: "Chokwe", B. Wastiau; "Chokwe and their Bantu Neighbours" ed. J. David and G. Merzeder.  

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OriginEx-collection Mercier
Material(s)wood, perles de verre
Height cm38
Width10 cm
Weight1.20 Kg
Estimated datingmid xx°

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