Lot: 470

87th Tribal Art Auction


D. R. Congo, Sundi

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Jos Humblet, Brussels, Belgium H: 16.3 inch This object is not available anymore.

wood, matt patina, polychrome paint, protruding forehead and chin, crowned by a pair of horns (tips cut), min. dam., missing parts, traces of abrasion. Masks of the Sundi are rather rare. They could belong to a variation of the "ndunga" society. Some authors say that they were used in funerary rites wheras others say they belong to diviners.

Lehuard, Raoul, Art Bakongo, Les Masques, Arnouville 1993, p. 772, ill.