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|Bene Mbunda, Democratic Republic of Congo|
One of the largest types of abstract stopper for a ritual gourd that one will ever see, this sculpture features intriguing details that strike at the core of the abstract expressionist movement; the split coiffure is reminiscent of female hairstyles from the region, the breasts a reflection of the connotation/connection to the fertility of a young maiden with body scarification. To appreciate the piece one must consider its presence atop a ritual gourd or horn. Historically, these medicine gourds, with wooden stoppers in the abstract form of the female body, were displayed only on important occasions and used to contain oil that was rubbed into the young female initiate’s skin. Like all sacred objects, medicine gourds were not permitted to touch the ground - they would be placed on mats and sometimes even on elaborately carved stools carved specifically to hold the gourd. They were powerful symbols of the unity of the clan, and regarded as communal property. (Ref: Kilengi, Univ. of Wash Press, Seattle, 2000); Strong provenance and oustanding age.
|Lot ID: 44|
|Low Estimate: $900|
|High Estimate: $1,800|
|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), stain, oils|
|Dimensions: 6.5" (16.51 cm) height x 2.5" (6.35 cm) width|
|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 - Other|
|Expertise: “Art Makonde: Tradition et Modernité”; Thompson, “Shambaa Ughanga: Converging Presences in the Embodiment of Tradition, Transformation and Redefinition”; United Nations Environment Programme, “Traditional Medical Practices in Tanzania”|
|Provenance: Ex. James Willis, US (original certificate of authenticity and ownership included with purchase)|
|Price:||Price on Request|
|Offered By:||CLOSED: African Artworks : 146 Lots : July 28-30|
|Contact:||The Curator's Eye|
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