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The Lumbo tribe employed spectacular figures such as this fetish (“empowered” object) to use in a variety of important communal rituals. This rare and important female figure is known as “nkoshi.” Nkoshi were thought to have been employed in divination rituals by the Lumbo and may have been used to protect ancestor bones and relics, much like the well-known Kota tribe brass-covered reliquary figures whose magnificent form This nkoshi was a tool which the “nganga” - the diviner/healer/shaman - employed as part of rituals often performed in public. According to early explorers and missionaries, the nganga invoked a spirit which had taken residence in the figure and the figure could be used as a judge in a dispute, to identify a guilty person or suspect in a crime, or to reveal harmful intentions or sorcery.
This figure. Lot 92 in the famous Brill auction at Sotheby’s in 2006, shows extensive signs of indigenous use and has a power which cannot be conveyed in photos alone. Collected primarily in the late 1800’s, few fetishes fromt his part of Gabon ever entered the Western collector’s market. The details on the piece include jewelry, glass eyes and a Western-style hat or crested coiffure. The slightly open mouth is uncommon for the few fetishes ever seen from this region. The magical materials remain intact on the figure, and it has a rich, dark reddish color and patina which has grown shiny from many years of handling. The encrusted reddish surface overall shows areas of black pigment, metal rings, an abdomen with resinous magic bundle at the center, all framed by bent arms and pendant breasts. There are large eyes inset with glass beneath a uniform brow, wearing a crested, helmet-like coiffure. One of the finest pieces in this auction, it is also soon to be featured in the most important book to date on the subject, by Charlotte Grand-Dufay, soon to be released. Photo source for archived photo is from the Van Rijn Archive (Yale University).
|Lot ID: 55|
|Low Estimate: $40,000|
|High Estimate: $80,000|
|Next Bid: $35,000|
|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, metal, encrustation, glass, stain, pigment, magical materials|
|Dimensions: 11" (27.94 cm) height|
|Primary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : African Art : Country - Other|
|Secondary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : African Art : Object Type - Statue|
|Amrouche (Pierre), "Un masque Mukuye Punu du sud-Gabon", in: La Revue. Le magazine de Pierre Bergé & Associés, Brussels, No.10, Mars 2007|
Bolz (Ingeborg), "Zur Kunst in Gabon", in: Ethnologica, Neue Folge, Band 3, Koln, 1966
Falgayrettes-Leveau (Christiane), "Les masques", in: "Gabon présence des esprits", Musée Dapper, Paris, France, 2006
Fourquet (André), "Chefs d'Oeuvre de l'Afrique: les masques Pounou", in: L'Oeil. Revue d'Art, no.321, April 1982
Gabon Vivante. Minestere de l'information et du tourisme de la republique gabonaise, 1966
Perrois (Louis), "Arts du Gabon, Arts d'Afrique Noire. Les Plastiques du Bassin de l'Ogooue", Arnouville: Arts d'Afrique Noire, 1979
Perrois (Louis) & Grand-Dufay (Charlotte), "Punu", Milan: 5 Continents Editions, 2008
|Provenance: Ex. Collection William Brill, NY|
Exhibited: Sotheby's, NY, “The William W. Brill Collection of African Art”, November 17, 2006, Lot 92
Published, "Kongo, Art magique”, Ferrandin, Y., Belgien Press, 2009, Illustration. 41, Published: Fagaly, William, Ancestors of Congo Square, New Orleans 2011, p. 275
Yale Archive 010309-01
|Price:||Price on Request|
|Offered By:||CLOSED: African Artworks : 146 Lots : July 28-30|
|Contact:||The Curator's Eye|
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