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Chihongo (Spirit of Wealth Mask)


Found amongst the Chokwe of Angola, these masculine masks (Chihongo, sometimes called Cihongo, meaning ‘spirit of wealth’) are used to symbolise wealth and power. The masqueraders wearing the mask pay homage to male...

Ngombo Ya Kusekula (Divination Basket)


The Chokwe typically turn to a tahi (meaning diviner) when seeking advice or faced with an illness or affliction they’d like to overcome. A ngombo ya kusekula (also called ngombo ya lipele or ngombo ya cisuka) is a...

Mwana Pwo (Young Woman Mask)


Found amongst the Chokwe of Angola, these feminine masks (Pwo meaning ‘woman’ – an adult woman that has given birth and Mwana Pwo meaning ‘young woman’ – youthful, feminine beauty) are used to pay homage...

Mwanangana (Chief Figure)


Similar to Chibinda Ilunga figures, Mwanangana (meaning ‘Lord of the Land’ / pl. Mianangana) figures are carved to represent village chiefs, reminding villagers about the power these chiefs possess as well as to represent...

Chibinda Ilunga (Royal Ancestor Figure)


The Chokwe believe that the Luba prince, Chibinda (or Tshibinda) Ilunga married Lunba chief Lueji and taught the Lunda and Chokwe civility and the art of hunting. Carved by professional Chokwe artists, figures of Chibinda...

Cisakulo (Comb)


Combs (cisakulo) were used to detangle, style and decorate the hair of Chokwe men and women (however according to Marie-Louise Bastin, only men used combs to style their headdresses).1

Cisakulo were also inserted into...