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Mbunda, Luchazi or Luvale

Figure Depicting Makishi

19th century - 20th century
Wood with woven fibers

17.25 x 5.5 x 7.5 in. (43.815 x 13.97 x 19.05 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 99.5.107
Other Number(s): 83-58 (Neufeld Collection Number)
Geography: Africa, Angola
Classification: Ceremonial and Performance Artifacts; Ritual Objects
Culture/Nationality: Mbunda or Luchazi or Luvale, Angolan, Central African, African
Collection: Neufeld Collection

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  • African - Refers to the cultures of the continent of Africa, which is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Angolan - Style and culture of the people of Angola, a republic (formerly a Portuguese colony) in southwestern Africa.
  • carvings - Refers to works executed by cutting a figure or design out of a solid material such as stone or wood. It typically refers to works that are relatively small in size, are part of a larger work, or are not considered art. For large and medium-sized three-dimensional works of art, use the broader term "sculpture" or another appropriate term.
  • Central African - Nationality, styles, and culture of the people of the nation of the République centrafricaine.
  • figures - Representations of humans, animals, or mythical beasts, in any medium.
  • Luchazi
  • Lwena - Style and culture of the African ethnic group of the same name inhabiting Angola.
  • makishi - Masquerades of the Lunda, Luvale, Chowke, Mbunda, Bakangala, and Luchazi peoples of Africa associated with the circumcision ceremony Mukanda.
  • Mbun
  • wood - The principal tissue of trees and other plants that provides both strength and a means of conducting nutrients. Wood is one of the most versatile materials known.

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Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:
  • African Art in the Greater Philadelphia Area The Community College of Philadelphia with a Grant from the William Penn Foundation , Nov 12, 1999 – Dec 17, 1999

  • Owner Name: Mace Neufeld and Helen Katz Neufeld, Class of 1953
    Role: Donor
    Place: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, US
    Ownership End Date: 7/18/1991

Bibliography List
The following Bibliography exist for this object:
  • "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): Record No.: 0182107.

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Related Bibliography List
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  • "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): Record No.: 0000565.

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