Lot: 247

90.I Tribal Art ainsi que 90.II Contemporary Native American Art

Figure magique

R. D. Congo, Bakongo/ Vili/ Yombe

Provenance Taille Prix d’appel / Prix d'Estimation
Mon Steyaert, Brussels, Belgium
Ketterer, Munich, 15 December 1990, lot 355
Henri Schouten, Amsterdam/Los Angeles, The Netherlands/USA (1991)
German Private Collection
H: 26,5 cm Cet objet n’est plus disponible.

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.

Felix, Marc L. (ed.), Kongo Kingdom Art, China 2003, p. 68