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Snuff mortar- Wood – Chokwe – Congo


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The figure forming the stopper of this snuff container can be identified as a chief by the elaborate headdress, or mutwe wa kaynda, he wears, as well as by the way he holds his hands in front of his chest. For the Chokwe, sitting with crossed legs suggests that a person has something to hide; thus, the chief sits in an “open” stance.
Good condition with a wonderful patina of age. Powerful figure with typical chokwe appearance.

Provenance: Manfred Schäfer collection, ex- gallery owner from Ulm, Germany.

Similar item sold on Sotheby`s, estimated 15.000 Euro:

Object: Snuffbox mortar
Ethnic group: Chokwe
Country: DR Congo
Material: Wood
Estimated period: Mid 20th century
Sold with stand: No
Dimensions: 40x9x9 cm
Weight: 800 gram
Condition: Good condition, used with some signs of wear


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