Mortar

Mortar

late 1800s

Wood, metal, fiber

Overall: 22.5 x 8.4 x 13.8 cm (8 7/8 x 3 5/16 x 5 7/16 in.)

Gift of Katherine C. White 1978.28

Description

Tobacco, introduced into Africa in the 16th century, became the prerogative of leaders. As patrons of the arts, Chokwe chiefs commissioned elaborate pipes and mortars as part of their court regalia for display during public gatherings.

See also
Collection: 
African Art
Department: 
African Art
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture

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