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|Chokwe Tribe, Angola, 1880-1910|
Like Lot 1, thought to have been employed on a shrine, this figure may have been once featured atop a sacred staff or, with a container atop its head, may have served as a receptacle for sacred shrine materials. The extremely compelling face of the figure is illustrative of Chokwe styles from Angola, and shows some stylistic overlap with the Ovimbundu and the Lovale/Lwena peoples as well. According to some sources, these objects were used to store magical ingredients for healing or protective purposes. The figure has been cared for over it’s long life, and heavily oiled. It is representative of a very early style, and the condition is excellent for its age.
|Lot ID: 2|
|Low Estimate: $600|
|High Estimate: $1,600|
|Next Bid: $425|
|Sale ID: 6|
|Sale Date: July 28, 2016|
|Sale Location: Virtual Auction|
|Sale Sponsor: African Artworks from Berz Gallery of African Art|
|Sale Terms: View here|
|Live Bidding Link: SALE CLOSED|
|Location of Origin: Africa|
|Medium/Materials: wood(one piece) with pigment stain, slight oil remains|
|Dimensions: 11.5'' (29.21 cm) height|
|Primary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : African Art : Country - Other|
|Secondary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : African Art : Object Type - Statue|
|About the Chokwe: Ancestor veneration is an important part of Chokwe life, and many families still worship the original Chokwe ancestor who broke from the Luba tribe in the 15th century and founded the Chokwe. The Chokwe are governed by a king called Mwana Ngana, who distributes hunting grounds and cultivated areas; the male Mugonge and female Ukele societies regulate social life. The vast majority of Chokwe objects are decorated with figures and geometric scarification motifs, as seen on this piece, which the people employ for initiation and other tribal ritual use as they pass through various life stages and achievements. (Ref: Bacquart, “Tribal Arts of Africa”).|
|Provenance: Ex. Private Collection Al Farrow, US, (renowned American artist/sculptor, work featured 2008 and 2009 in “In the Name of God: War, Religion, and the Reliquaries of Al Farrow”, and multiple museum shows)|
|Price:||Price on Request|
|Offered By:||CLOSED: African Artworks : 146 Lots : July 28-30|
|Contact:||The Curator's Eye|
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