Lot: 24790.I Tribal Art and 90.II Contemporary Native American Art
Power figure "nkisi"
D. R. Congo, Bakongo/ Vili/ Yombe
|Provenance||Size||Starting price / estimated price|
|Mon Steyaert, Brussels, Belgium
Ketterer, Munich, 15 December 1990, lot 355
Henri Schouten, Amsterdam/Los Angeles, The Netherlands/USA (1991)
German Private Collection
|H: 10.4 inch||
plus 21 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance
wood, glass, resin/ wax, base The figure shows four drilled holes originally serving for attachment of magical loading. With his left arm planted defiantly on the hip, his right arm is raised aggressively in a fist with raised thumb; it held a removable spear or knife, which is now lost. The sculpture depicts a protective/ aggressive male, simultaneously warning foes of his power and prowess while possessing the ability to confront and destroy malevolent forces. A man of rank and title, as evidenced by his set of ritually chipped teeth. He probably portrays "ne kongo", the cultural hero founder of the Kongo kingdom who was a famous hunter and warrior.