Hemba (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Hardwood with a crusted coating
H 34 cm
Magic two-faced figure.
South-eastern region of the Congo, marked by the courses of the rivers Lualaba and Lomami.
This is a Janus figure, which has a magical and religious character. Its original name was Kabeja.It represents a combination of characters sculpted back-to-back. One is male (with a beard) and one is female, and they are depicted in a symmetrical position standing on a circular base.
€ 6.000 - 8.000
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- Former Paolo Morigi collection (Lugano) (Morigi inventory label num. 385);
- Former private collection (Lugano);
- NEYT FRANCOIS & DE STRYCKER LOUIS "Approche des arts Hemba" Villiers-le Bel, France 1975 pages 38 - 40;