Lot: 351

Male power figure "nkisi" or memorial figure

D. R. Congo, Yombe / Vili

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Joseph Christiaens, Brussels, Belgium
Dieter Scharf, Hamburg, Germany
Private Collection, Munich, Germany
Zemanek-Münster, 17 September 2011, Lot 493
H: 9.1 inch 6000 EUR / 12000 EUR

wood, glass, base The figure sitting with crossed legs wears a fez-like headdress "mpu", as it was reserved for chiefs. The eyes with painted pupils are inlaid with glass. The sculpture probably represents a commemorative figure for an important ancestor who was revered as the founder of the lineage.

ADHRC: 0159438