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unknown Chokwe
Primary



Staff

19th century - 20th century
Carved wood

24.409 x 2.559 in. (62 x 6.5 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 99.5.55
Other Number(s): 84-23 (Neufeld Collection Number)
Geography: Africa, Angola
Classification: Ceremonial and Performance Artifacts; Ritual Objects
Culture/Nationality: Chokwe, 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 - Styles and cultures from a wide region of Africa that straddles the Equator and is drained largely by the Congo River system.
  • Chokwe - Refers to the culture of the Bantu-speaking people inhabiting the southern Congo and northeastern Angola. They comprise many aboriginal peoples and conquering groups of Lunda origin, and they speak a language of the Benue-Congo branch of the Niger-Congo languages. They are hunters or agriculturalists, depending upon which region they inhabit. They live primarily in woodland savanna and strips of rainforest along rivers.
  • heads - Representations of the heads of humans, animals, or mythical or legendary beings.
  • staffs - Long sticks carried in the hand for support in walking.
  • 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 and Pacific Art from the Neufeld Collection Bryn Mawr College , Apr 28, 1993 – Jun 1, 1993

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


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