Africa, Angola/Zaire, probably Chokwe, 20th Century / Tobacco Mortar / c. 1920sAfrica, Angola/Zaire, probably Chokwe, 20th Century
Tobacco Mortar
c. 1920s

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Creator Nationality: African; Central African; Congolese
Creator Name-CRT: Africa, Angola/Zaire, probably Chokwe, 20th Century
Title: Tobacco Mortar
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1920
Creation End Date: 1929
Creation Date: c. 1920s
Object Type: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: wood, brass, and iron
Dimensions: Overall: 21.9cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1978.28
Credit Line: Gift of Katherine C. White
Context: Tobacco, introduced into Africa in the 16th century, became the prerogative of leaders. As patrons of the arts, Chokwe chiefs commissioned elaborate pipers and mortars as part of their court regalia for display during public gatherings.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1978.28
AMICA Library Year: 2001
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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