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African Art | Works from the Swiss collection of Walter Schwab

Wednesday 13 October 2021 • Milan

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KONGO / VILI Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Estimate

€ 4.000 - 6.000

Price realized

€ 3.008

The price includes buyer's premium

Information

Wood part: 26cm tall, 36cm tall in total
Magic figure.
Painted wood covered in magical substances. Shell necklace, bird feathers, pieces of glass on the eyes.
This depicts a magic figure used by a sorcier (nganga) who conducted magic, religious and divination rituals. To make the sculpture active, he would place magic substances inside the receptacles deliberately placed on the statuette’s body.The sculpture, requested by its owner, was accompanied by ritual formulas which were articulated by the sorcerer.The figure is positioned facing forwards with its body enshrouded in cloth. It is standing on a circular base. Its eyes are protected with pieces of white ceramic. The head is covered with the characteristic headdress common among the people who lived in the region. The open, toothless mouth is depicted passing a verdict, and its ears are sculptured in the shape of the number 9, following tradition.

Publications:
KERNEVEZ ALAIN “AFRICA, Begegnungen- Rencontre - Encounters” Paris, 2000, pag. 25;

Provenance

Collection of Walter Schwab, Bern (inv. WS 405) (1969);

Literature

LEHUARD RAOUL, Art Bakongo: le centre de style, Arnouville, France 1989, volume II° (233);
KERNEVEZ ALAIN, AFRICA, Begegnungen- Rencontre - Encounters, Paris, 2000, pag. 25;

Note Specialistiche

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