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unknown Chokwe

Female Figure

19th century - 20th century
Carved wood

14.25 x 5 in. (36.195 x 12.7 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 99.5.57
Other Number(s): 84-3 (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.
  • female - Referring to the sex that normally produces eggs or female germ cells.
  • figures - Representations of humans, animals, or mythical beasts, in any medium.
  • ritual objects - Objects used for a particular ritual activity, often as part of a ceremony.
  • 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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  • Owner Name: Mace Neufeld and Helen Katz Neufeld, Class of 1953
    Role: Donor
    Place: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, US
    Ownership End Date: 07/18/1991

Comparanda List
The following Comparanda exist for this object:
  • "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): Record No.: 0166226.
  • "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): Record No.: 0000229.
  • Marie Louise Bastin, "Arts of the Angolan Peoples. I: Chokwe." African Arts (Autumn 1968): 40, Figure Number: 1.
  • Manuel Jordan, ed. Chokwe! Art and Initiation Among Chokwe and Related Peoples (Munich, London, New York: Prestel, 1998), Figure Number: 112.

Related Bibliography List
The following Related Bibliography exist for this object:
  • Marie Louise Bastin, "Arts of the Angolan Peoples. I: Chokwe." African Arts (Autumn 1968): 40-47, 60-64.

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