Lot: 106

98th Auction

Male-female pair of power figures

D. R. Congo, Yaka

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Karl-Heinz Grunwald, Berlin, Germany (1970s)
Werner Zintl, Worms, Germany (2001)
H: 15 inch (female) & 15.6 inch (male) This object is not available anymore.

wood, fabric, rattan, base

It is possible that this particular figures are statuettes of the "khosi" type which, according to Bourgeois, can appear in pairs as free-standing figures.

The original magic charge is still partially preserved on both figures. It is found in square recesses in the abdomen, and on the female figure additionally in the form of small cloth bags that are hung on both arms. The luxuriant hangings with strips of fabric of various materials also served magical purposes.

Bourgeois, Arthur P., The Yaka and Suku, Leiden 1985, p. 107