Peoples & Societies


High on the Benguela Plateau of Angola live the approximately 4.6 million Ovimbundu peoples. They farm and raise livestock. Although Ovimbundu art was inspired by Chokwe forms, contact with Europeans probably informed the naturalism evident in some Ovimbundu works. Depictions of Ovimbundu women are characterized by their braided hairstyles. Other artworks, predominantly statuary, may have been enacted in ritual settings. Today, there are more than two million Ovimbundu peoples.

Excerpt from

Roslyn A. Walker, The Arts of Africa at the Dallas Museum of Art (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2009), 304.

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