Standing female figure

MAKER:
Artist

Unknown

CULTURE:
Chokwe or Shinji peoples
DATE:
19th century
more object details

General Description

The head of this female figure is slightly turned, departing from the traditional African norm of depicting humans or animals in a full frontal, static manner. In the absence of field-collection documentation, it is not possible to know whether this is a religious or secular object.

A precise attribution of this figure is also complicated because a heart-shaped face, almond-shaped eyes, realistic mouth shape, and curved eyebrows meeting over the nose are features common to both Chokwe and Shinji carving, a probable result of cultural interaction between these two peoples within the Lubalo area in northern Angola.

Excerpt from

  • Roslyn A. Walker, Label text, Arts of Africa, 2015.