Available for auction there is a female figure, from the Chokwe / Tchokwe people of Angola.
This item is from a Portuguese private collection, was brought from Angola in the beginning of the colonial war, 1961-1974, and was later acquired in Portugal.
This female figure with a criss-cross hairstyle is admirably modelled, with hands holding her beautiful carved belly, a serene expression on her face with her half-closed eyes, suggesting calm interior and promising hope for pregnancy or good birth. It is evident that although the specific meaning of the images may vary from tribe to tribe, and be associated with ancestors, or divination, they ultimately refer to human fertility and the future of the group that grounded in that fertility.
(Warren 1974:386 as cited in R. Sieber & Walker 1987:31).
- DARTEVELLE Galerie, Collections privées, exhibition catalogue, June 2015, cat. 7
- JORDÁN Manuel, Chokwe! Art and Initiation Among Chokwe and Related Peoples, Birmingham Museum of Art, Munich: Prestel, 1998
This item will be carefully packed with track and trace.
- Indigenous object name
- Ethnic group/ culture
- Region/ country
- Mid 20th century
- Sold with stand
- 28×8×9 cm