Lot: 259

98th Auction


D. R. Congo, Bwende

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Jean-Marc Desaive, Soumagne, Belgium H: 6.8 inch 1200 EUR
plus 23 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

wood, white miniature glass beads,

For a stylistically very similar figure see AHDRC 0164801.

Stylistically the Bwende are situated between the Kongo and the Bembe and draw their sculpted ritual and functional objects from both of these groups.

Given the importance of the ancestor cult, most objects are linked with it and its elaborate funeral ceremonies.

Felix, Marc L., 100 Peoples of Zaire and their Sculpture, Brussels 1987, p. 164