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Chokwe (Tchokwe) Scepter

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RTCFA No. AF 0030
Chokwe (Tchokwe) Scepter
Artist: Unknown
Wood, 17 x 2.5 x 2.25 in. (43.1 x 6.35 x 5.7 cm).

Region: Central Africa
Group / Tribe: Tchochwe

Description: The Chokwe live in the southern part of the Congo and northeastern Angola and are noted for being exceptional craftsmen in jewelry, woodwork and ironwork; their carvings of masks, statues, and stools are highly developed. Coe spotted this piece in a catchall antique store in Missouri in 1959 and was able to tell that it was a good quality piece. He said: /*Scept[e]rs like this one are spiritually potent. Multiple mask-like faces and three interlocking miniatures of this image are also associated with and symbolic of diviners who possess the power to `see' in all directions and have access to mediatory spirits. The image is of Chibunda Ilunga, a mythical hunter-warrior, whom all Tchokwe rulers trace their descent.*/