Chokwe Seated Female Figure, Angola
Wood, beads, metal, fiber
height 13in (33cm)
Patric Claes, Brussels, field collected on the border of Angola in the territory of Sandoa in the 1970s
Sitting slightly forward on the stool, bearing a spherical, hollowed out bowl on her knees, wearing a quadruplicate coiffure and three strings of red, white and blue beaded ear rings, a red and black-and-white beaded belt and a metal anklet; her face with slit eyes with raised lids and flaring nose and full lips, protruding breasts and crisscross tattoos incised on her forehead and above each breast; fine honey-brown glossy patina with areas of encrustations in the crevasses.