Lot: 278

Anthropomorphic spoon "kalukili"

D. R. Congo, Lega

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Pierre Dartevelle, Brussels, Belgium
Michel Boulanger, Liège, Belgium
Finch & Co, London, Great Britain
H: 8.5 inch 6500 EUR / 12000 EUR

ivory, deep lustruous patina, base The spoons are considered treasured heirlooms and are owned by both the highest initiates and by those of the lower grades of "bwami" who organise traditional ceremonial initiation rites. The spoons are used in various ways.They are placed in the mouths of young men at the moment of the circumcision operation, and sometimes a relative may place one in the mouth of a family member accused of witchcraft or sorcery and exposed to the ordeal of drinking poison. The spoon then functions to prohibit an ordeal from taking place.

Finch & Co, Catalogue # 20", London, Summer 2013: 61
This object is subject to CITES. Please note that it can only be sent within the European Community. At the present time export in third countries is prohibited.