Lot: 393

87th Tribal Art Auction

Squatting figure "mwunzi"

D. R. Congo, Holo

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Paul Descamps, Antwerp, Belgium H: 15.2 inch 1500 EUR
plus 21 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

wood, dark brown patina, remains of pigments, min. dam., missing parts (base), cracks, slight traces of abrasion. "Mvunzi" figures should protect humans against certain evil spirits. They usually belong to the main fortuneteller, who employs them in cases of sickness, for theft or for the hunt.

Roy, Christopher D., Kilengi, Afrikanische Kunst aus der Sammlung Bareiss, München 1997, p. 225, ill. 134