Lot: 393

87th Tribal Art Auction

Squatting figure "mwunzi"

D. R. Congo, Holo

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Paul Descamps, Antwerp, Belgium H: 15.2 inch This object is not available anymore.

wood, dark brown patina, remains of pigments, min. dam., missing parts (base), cracks, slight traces of abrasion. "Mvunzi" figures should protect humans against certain evil spirits. They usually belong to the main fortuneteller, who employs them in cases of sickness, for theft or for the hunt.

Roy, Christopher D., Kilengi, Afrikanische Kunst aus der Sammlung Bareiss, München 1997, p. 225, ill. 134