Lot: 31496th Auction
Male ancestor figure
D. R. Congo, Luba / Hemba
|Provenance||Size||Starting price / estimated price|
|Old British Collection (coll. in the 1960s / 70s)||H: 22.4 inch||
plus 23 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance
This sculpture shows the posture and physiognomy characteristic for ancestor figures of the Congo region.
Its simplified, rather coarse formal language, together with asymmetrical moments, creates a highly expressive overall effect.
Traces of a sticky black sacrificial patina at the head but also on the body indicate a rich use of the figure in the cult.