Chief's staff

MAKER:
Artist

Unknown

CULTURE:
Chokwe peoples
DATE:
c. 1900
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General Description

This staff is an emblem of status for a mwanangana (lord of the land) or mwata munene (paramount chief.) An ancestral chief's head carved in full relief sits atop a panel (his torso) with incised geometric designs that are different on each side.

Excerpt from

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

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