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Divination Figure (Hamba)

Date:
19th–20th century
Geography:
Angola
Culture:
Chokwe or Lwena (?)
Medium:
Wood, snakeskin, cloth, fiber, glass, abrus seeds, mirror, metal, wire, resin, clay
Dimensions:
H. 8 3/4 x W. 3 3/4 x D. 2 in. (22.2 x 9.5 x 5.1 cm)
Classification:
Wood-Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Ernst Anspach, 1988
Accession Number:
1988.367
Not on view
The broad expanse of open savanna in southern Democratic Republic of the Congo and northern Angola witnessed the rise of several wealthy and powerful states during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. In these societies art objects are made to show the power of the chief. Chokwe chiefs and those of related peoples, such as the Songo and Ovimbundu, possess many articles--chairs, stools, ceremonial weapons, staffs of office, even tobacco pipes--elaborately carved with figures and scenes of village life. Careful attention is paid to accurate depiction of tattoo marks, coiffures, and headdresses, such as the high curving one worn by the Chokwe chief himself.
Ernst Anspach, New York, until 1988

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