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Seated Female figures with almond-shaped eyes, realistic mouth shapes, and curved eyebrows meeting over the nose are features common to both Chokwe and Shinji carvings.

They usually integrate different parts of their mythology that represents their community’s beliefs. Their artworks reflect the ideas, beliefs, and history that their people have kept throughout the centuries

Culture and Traditions

Cokwe, also called Bajokwe, or Badjok, are Bantu-speaking people who inhabit the southern part of Congo (Kinshasa) from the Kwango River to the Lualaba; northeastern Angola; and, since 1920, the northwestern corner of Zambia. The Chokwe ethnic group can mostly be found on the borders of central Africa in Angola, Zambia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Donation Details

Dan Wainberg donated in the year 1991.


The Appraised Amount is $3,000.00.

Date of Digitization


Contributing Institution

J. B . Coleman Library


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