Lot: 393

87e vente aux enchères Tribal Art

Figure accroupie "mwunzi"

R. D. Congo, Holo

Provenance Taille Prix d’appel / Prix d'Estimation
Paul Descamps, Antwerp, Belgium H: 38,5 cm Cet objet n’est plus disponible.

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