The Chokwe carved a vast number of impressive functional objects like this superb mortar of a crouching figure with hands to the head and elbows resting on it’s knees. The expressive face attracts our attention with a deep brown patina, a copper ring is attached to the torso. This Chokwe mortar was used for grinding tobacco or hemp and also functioned as a prestige object that elevated the owner’s status.

Origin: Democratic Republic of Congo
Time Period: Early 20th c
Provenance: From a Dutch collection
Materials: wood with copper ring
Dimensions: 5 3/4 in. high x 2 3/4 in. wide
Condition: figure appears in fine condition
Inventory #A3087
Price: $1,200
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