Lot: 283

102nd Auction

Figure of a male dignitary "mwanangana"

Angola, Chokwe

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Constance McCormick Fearing Collection, Montecito / Santa Barbara, USA
H: 12.7 inch 2000 EUR
plus 27 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

wood, pigments, rest.

Either belonging to a paramount chief's treasure or used at his court by ritual specialists in large-scale "mahamba" curing ceremonies, Chokwe figures of a male dignitary known as "mwanangana", or "lord of the land", make reference to sources of leadership and heroes of the past.

Bourgeois, Arthur & Scott Rodolitz, Remnants of Ritual, New York 2003, p. 44, ill. 98