Chokwe peoples, Angola
19th century
Wood, pigment
Height 50.1 cm (19 3/4 in.)
Collection of the Robert T. Wall Family

Catholic missionary, Angola
Manuel Fuscini Villas Boas, Portugal
Alberto Mocada, Portugal
Robert T. Wall family

Photograph by Franko Khoury

This figure, with its elaborate coiffure of royalty, represents the legendary hero Chibinda Ilunga whose leadership shaped the Lunda and Chokwe kingdoms in the late 1500s and early 1600s.