|Title||Chokwe Seated Female Ancestor Figure Angola African Art 34 Inch|
|Type of Object||Carving, figure|
|Country of Origin||Democratic Republic of Congo|
|Approximate Age||Mid 20th Century|
|Overall Condition||Good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners. Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use. We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings. Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.|
|Damage/Repair||Cracks in wood - see photos|
Additional Information: A tall figure with Chockwe features sits on a carved and decorated stool. Her hands are held in front of her shoulders; perhaps she is holding a gift or offering. THe hairstyle, body jewelry, and pose are all consistent with known Chokwe features.
The Chokwe share stylistic elements with a number of distinct but related peoples in Angola and the Congo . The most prominent of these peoples are the Chokwe but also includes the Ovimbundu, Lunda, Lwena, Luvala, Minungu, Mbwela, Songo and Imbangala. This is an area that has shared stylistic elements and figural forms based upon common mythologies and ritual practices possibly showing influences of Tabwa or Luba sculptural styles. Figures such as this could be found among a number of these groups and at the same time she may indeed not come from this large constellation of differing peoples but from a neighboring group influenced by them.
Jordan, M. ed., Chokwe, Art and Initiation Among Chokwe and Related peoples. 1998.