Lot: 407

86th Tribal Art Auction

Power half figure "musinju"

D. R. Congo, Kasongo

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
German Private Collection, collected in situ (1983-1985) H: 15.2 inch 1000 EUR
plus 21 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

wood, brown patina, grass fibre loincloth, bearded face, opening in the head filled with magical substances, closed by fabric fixed by nails, drilled ear holes, slightly dam., cracks, traces of insect caused damage, abrasion of paint, base; such half figures "munsinju" were owned by the "mugangas", the witch docotors; they were either displayed on iron spikes or kept in special baskets.

Felix, Marc L., 100 Peoples of Zaire and their Sculpture, Brussels 1987, p. 52 f.