Seated Chief Playing Thumb Piano (Mwanangana)

Wood (uapaca), cloth, fiber, beads | 42.5 x 12.7cm | Before 1869

Unknown Artist

By the early nineteenth century, Chokwe chiefs in the savanna of present-day Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola had become active trading partners with merchants from Europe and the New World. Profiting from commerce in ivory, rubber, wax, and A...
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