Lot: 68

Standing male figure

D. R. Congo, Sikasingo- Bembe(eastern) - Buyu

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Josef Mueller, Solothurn, Switzerland
Musée Barbier-Mueller, Geneva, Switzerland
René David, Zurich, Switzerland (1985)
Hans Baumann (1926-2010), Bern-Muri, Switzerland
Koller, Zurich, 5 December 2011, Lot 328
Alfred W. Angst, Aeugstertal-Zurich, Switzerland
H: 14.6 inch 4000 EUR / 12000 EUR

wood, base Figures of the Sikasingo often represent individual ancestors, called "bashumbu". The figures should protect against mischief and disease, but could also inflict harm on enemies. They should foresee coming danger and ward off evil. Depending on their size, they were intended for private use or for the community and were therefore kept at home or in the public shrines. They were under the protection of the village elders and tribal leaders and were ritually activated by fortune-tellers.


René David, Zurich, 30 October 1985
Jean-Paul Barbier, "Über Josef Müller", in: "Du", Europäische Kunstzeitschrift, no 450, August 1978, p. 69