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|Luba, Democratic Republic of Congo|
Luba stools are among the most prized in Africa, and with good reason. This stool has a symmetry and balance with an extremely naturalistic face and body style. The ketoid scarification is exceptionally well done, as is the coiffure, which is exceptionally detailed and provides an exemplary "absence of space" style as it drifts back from the front of the stool and head. A complete sculpture, which has likely been in other publications and archives as well. Even the most rudimentary examination of the surface and extraordinary amount of wear and oily patina leads us to assert the piece dates to the late 19th century. The stool shows naturally occurring evidence of wear and handling throughout. This Luba stool has been repaired on many occasions, both by skilled hands and with unskilled hands, more times than one can imagine. This is testimony to its age, with work over decades consistent with a 100-year-old piece. There are few areas where there aren't signs of cracks, small fills, etc. both indigenous and since leaving Africa. People have valued this object and have put significant time, energy and effort into its preservation. The blemish on the cheek appears to be an old preexisting abrasion that was touched up; there is a notable preexisting repair on the top, the bottom, and several others. The blemish on the cheek appears to be an old preexisting abrasion that was touched up; there is a notable preexisting repair on the top, the bottom, and several others. As a simple analysis shows, Luba stools fetch among the highest prices at auction of any tribal objects, even those with modest provenance or history; this represents an opportunity to acquire a beautiful, important Luba stool for a price which will not approach the prices of even the common buyer's premium associated with such objects. There is no buyer's premium for objects in this auction.
|Lot ID: 35|
|Low Estimate: $15,000|
|High Estimate: $25,000|
|Next Bid: $8,500|
|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), applied oils, stain|
|Dimensions: 14" (35.56 cm) height|
|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|
|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. Sanne Nies, Netherlands, 2015, Ex. Sotheby's, London, May 14, 1979, Ex. Ulrich von Schroeder, Zurich, Ex. Udo Horstman, Germany Ex. Christies, Paris, June 2014; Published: Arts d' Afrique Noire No. 31, 1979 This stool was vetted as authentic by a committee of tribal art experts as authentic and pre-1940 and exhibited at BRUNEAF, June 2014.|
|Price:||Price on Request|
|Offered By:||CLOSED: African Artworks : 146 Lots : July 28-30|
|Contact:||The Curator's Eye|
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