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|Luba, Democratic Republic of Congo|
Owned by chiefs and diviners, bowl figures like this piece carved from the known Atelier of Sungu, were used in ceremonies to honor and remember the first mythical diviner. 'Rulers keep them at their doors filled with a sacred white chalk associated with purity, renewal and the spirit world. Usually, however, these figures are the prerogative of royal diviners...who use them as oracles, and as receptacles for their possessing spirit's wife' (Source: Roberts and Roberts 1996: pg 70).
Known as Mboko, this refined and precious object was used in divination rituals; it was believed that as part of the ritual, negative spirits or issues could be resolved through placating an important spirit, whose “wife” is represented in the mboko. This is an extremely elegant example, and as tribal art collectors more generally are aware, the cupholder (particularly the Luba cupholder) is an iconic image in the world of tribal art. In this example, there is a strong symmetrical balance between the scale of the container itself and the length and height of the figure. The coiffure is well carved and not excessively detailed, as the carver clearly had a sense of balance and a desire to create a single complete sculpture rather than demonstrate any specific singular illustration of their talent.
To the right, inset, is a photo (source W.F.P Burton), a royal woodcarver of the Luba with an mboko, Vers 1927-1935 Copyright: University of the Witwatersand, Johannesburg, South Africa.
|Lot ID: 36|
|Low Estimate: $6,000|
|High Estimate: $14,000|
|Next Bid: $4,000|
|Sale ID: 6|
|Sale Date: July 28, 2016|
|Sale Location: Virtual Auction|
|Sale Sponsor: African Artworks from Berz Gallery of African Art|
|Sale Terms: View here|
|Live Bidding Link: SALE CLOSED|
|Location of Origin: Africa|
|Medium/Materials: wood (one piece), stain, encrustation|
|Dimensions: 12" (30.48 cm) height x 5" (12.7 cm) width x 6.5" (16.51 cm) depth|
|Primary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : African Art : Country - Democratic Republic of Congo|
|Secondary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : African Art : Object Type - Statue|
|Photo source: "W.F.P Burton|
The personal Woodcarver of Luba chief.
Vers 1927-1935 Copyright: University of the Witwatersand, Johannesburg, South Africa"La Gamma, A. “Art and Oracle, African Art and Rituals of Divination”, Metropolitan Museum of Art Press "Traditionally in Luba tribe society, pieces such as this and other utilitarian art were used by and for kings and important chiefs, who defined their power by the display of prestige objects during important ceremonies. Stools were among the most important of these objects. The ruler was literally and figuratively supported by a female caryatid figure, which also symbolizes the continuity of power in a matrilineal society. References: "Expertise: Phillips, ""Africa: The Art of a Continent""; Roy, ""Kilengi""; Visona, ""A History of Art In Africa"", Bacquart, ""The Tribal Arts of Africa"";
Aghte (Johanna), ""Luba Hemba. Werke unbekannter Meister. Sculptures by unknown masters"", Museum für Völkerkunde, Frankfurt am Main, 1983
Bettencourt de Faria, ""O arremesso com arco e setas nas tribos Quioca, Camatapa e Baluba"", in Mensário Administrativon 1960:41-55, 155-160
Colle (Reverend Pierre), ""Les Baluba"", vol. II, Brussels 1913
Felix (Marc Leo), ""Luba Zoo: Kifwebe and other striped masks"", Brussels: Zaire Basin Art History Research Center, Occasional Paper, June 1992
Maesen (Albert), ""Une statue d'ancetre Hemba"", Africa-Tervuren XX-1974
Mahauden (Charles), ""Kisongokimo chasse et magie chez les Balubas"", Paris: Flammarion, 1965
Makiba Kalanda (Augusto), ""Baluba et Lulua: une ethnie à la recherche d'un nouvel équilebre"", Bruxelles: Remarques Congolaises, 1959:87
Mutimanwa Wenga-Mulayi, ""Etude Socio-Morphologique Des Masques Blancs Luba ou Bifwebe"", 1973-1974
Neyt (François) & de Strijcker (Louis), ""Approche des Arts Hemba"", Arnouville: Collection Arts d'Afrique Noire, 1974
Nooter (Mary H.), ""Luba Art and Statecraft: Creating Power in a Central African Kingdom"", New York, 1991
Nooter Roberts (Mary), ""The Naming Game. Ideologies of Luba Artitic Identity"", in: African Arts, Vol. XXXI, #4, Autumn 1998
Petit (Pierre), ""Jagers, mediums en chefs. Variaties op het thema van het rituele voorwerp bij de Luba (Zaïre)"", in ""Het object als bemiddelaar"" by Holsbeke (Mireille), Etnografisch Museum Stad Antwerpen, 1996""
|Provenance: Ex Philippe Laeremans (certificate of authenticity and ownership included),Ex. Collection Jean Marc Desaive, Belgium; Exhibition History: Vetted by committee as authentic and exhibited at BRUNEAF Brussels, January 2016|
|Price:||Price on Request|
|Offered By:||CLOSED: African Artworks : 146 Lots : July 28-30|
|Contact:||The Curator's Eye|
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