Chokwe Female Figure, Angola
H: 18 cm (7,1″), W: 6 cm (2,4″), D: 6 cm (2,4″)
This finely carved female figure comes from the Chokwe. Figures from the Chokwe reflect a high aesthetic sensibility in the care that the sculptor gives to the complete figure.
Chokwe figurative art includes a considerable series of figures made in memory of the female ancestors. Most of these female figures recall the woman’s important position: wife, mother or sister of a monarch, and pay devotion to a domestic cult. It is not in the facial expression the woman is evoked, but rather by the combination of scarifications and details of the coiffure.
Provenance: Private Danish collection. It was either acquired directly from Lau (Laurence) Sunde’s collection in Copenhagen, which dates back to the 1940s, or Lau (Laurence) Sunde was an adviser to the collector.
Sunde had a “Etnografica” boutique in 1948, that became recognized among collectors as the most specialized boutique of its kind at the time. Tribal and oriental artefacts were purchased from private collectors as well as at auctions in Paris, Amsterdam and London, among other places.
Full description of Lau (Laurence) Sunde will be forwarded by request.
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