Lot: 297

Rare pair of figures

D. R. Congo, Nkanu

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
American Private Collection H: 12.8 inch/ 13.6 inch (male/ female) 10000 EUR / 20000 EUR

wood, black and white pigment, The art of the Nkanu is mainly related to initiation "nkanda". The most prominent are the large high relief panels adorned with anthropomorphic or zoomorphic carvings that cover the walls of the three-sided "kikaku" hut. Figures are extremely rare to find. According to Felix they could be ancestor figures.


Felix, Marc L., 100 Peoples of Zaire and their Sculpture, Brussels 1987, p. 130 Annemieke van Damme, Spectacular Display, New York 2001, p. 62 ff.