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|Kuba, Democratic Republic of Congo|
Smooth, brown, finely carved figure representing a bush pig. The sides are illustrative of the meaningful geometric designwork for which the Kuba tribe are known; often this type of designwork is seen in scarification patterns executed on the human body of members of the tribal community; the designwork has also had an influence on abstract impressionist artists and everything from contemporary furniture to modern architecture. The top (or back of the animal) is smooth from repetitive rubbing using a wooden “plug” shaped object, which hangs from the figure with twine. Used by ritual divination specialists, Itombwa are tools used to identify and resolve illness and other community-wide problems. By rubbing the figure's back with the plug, the ritual specialist can divine answers to help address the specific problem in need of resolution. An itombwa is thought to be a spiritually-based map or model of the universe. Through employing the itombwa, the diviner can help address even causation which is not visible to the human eye or human experience. From an examination of the surface and extraordinary amount of wear and layered encrustation and patina on the animal’s head and in the geometrically carved grooves of the “body”, it is most likely the piece dates to the early 20th century. It shows naturally occurring evidence of wear and handling throughout the surface
|Lot ID: 32|
|Low Estimate: $900|
|High Estimate: $1,900|
|Next Bid: $450|
|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)|
|Dimensions: 9.25" ( 23.49 cm) length x 4" (10.16 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|
|La Gamma, A. “Art and Oracle, African Art and Rituals of Divination”, Metropolitan Museum of Art Press|
|Provenance: Ex. Private Collection Al Farrow, US, (renowned American artist/sculptor, work featured 2008 and 2009 at Museum of Fine Arts, San Francisco, in “In the Name of God: War, Religion, and the Reliquaries of Al Farrow”, and multiple museum shows)|
|Price:||Price on Request|
|Offered By:||CLOSED: African Artworks : 146 Lots : July 28-30|
|Contact:||The Curator's Eye|
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