Vintage Chokwe Maternity Figure
Vintage Chokwe Maternity Figure
Vintage Chokwe Maternity Figure
Vintage Chokwe Maternity Figure
Vintage Chokwe Maternity Figure
Vintage Chokwe Maternity Figure
Vintage Chokwe Maternity Figure
Vintage Chokwe Maternity Figure
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Vintage Chokwe Maternity Figure

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This striking figure venerates the position of the maternal contribution within tribal societal function. The stern countenance typifies Chokwe art as it speaks to indomitable inner strength. Early to mid 20th century. // The Chokwe constitute the largest ethnic group in eastern Angola. They have also spread to the DRC and Zambia. They are governed by a king, who distributes hunting grounds and cultivated areas; while the male Mugonge society and female Ukule societies regulate their social life. The Chokwe grow manioc, cassava, yams, and peanuts. Tobacco and hemp are also grown for snuff, and maize is grown for beer. They also keep livestock: sheep, goats, pigs, and chickens. The farming and processing of agricultural products is done almost exclusively by women. Men are also great hunters and collectors of honey. Chokwe sculptors were the most famous of the region and have influenced the art of many neighboring peoples.