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The figure in these Chokwe stools is an ancestor holding her head in sorrow. She is worried that her descendants are not honoring her as they should and fears that they may be punished for their misdeeds. Many African cultures, including the Chokwe, believe death is not an end, but merely a transition to the spirit world. Departed ancestors continue to play an active role in the life of the living, providing protection and guidance.

Culture and Traditions

Chokwe, also spelled Ciokwe, or Cokwe, also called Bajokwe, or Badjok, 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.

Donation Details

Mr. Robert Levy donated in the year 2003.


The Appraised Amount is $6,600.00.

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J. B . Coleman Library


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