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|Luba, Democratic Republic of Congo|
This lovely diminiutive Luba figure has a honey-brown colored patina and a lifetime of use is evidence by multiple areas where “charged” or empowered material was inserted in the figure, intended to give the figure the power or energy to accomplish that which it was intended to achieve. The surface of the piece is glossy from decades of human handling and applied oils and old encrustation remains in areas of fissures or surface incisions.Despite those who may claim or assert knowledge of the function of this figure with certainty, a true scholar will admit it is difficult to ascertain the function decades after its removal from its indigenous environment. It is thought that among the Luba, as with their neighbors the Songye, figural sculptures such as this precious example were historically used as instruments used to bring good fortune, protect, heal, and counteract evil. While a carver produced the wooden figure, a ritual specialist, would add a multitude of substances and objects that give the figure its power, or “charge”, and enhance its visual impact. This style of figure successfully conveys the nature of the term fetish, a meaning that implies power beyond itself, which can transmit energy, settle conflicts and disputes, and emit power that can be used for the most challenging of objectives. Subsequent to their African origins within the Luba kingdom, figures were at one time part of sacred staffs, chairs and stools, finials adorning other sacred objects, or standalone shrine, fetish or royalty-ordained figures. A lovely figure
|Lot ID: 37|
|Low Estimate: $1,500|
|High Estimate: $3,800|
|Next Bid: $750|
|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 from ritual use, raffia fiber, applied organic materials|
|Dimensions: 5.5" (13.97 cm) height x 1.5" (3.81 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 - Statue|
|Photo source: Luba chief in the 1922 book Missionary pioneering in Congo forests: a narrative of the labours of William F.P. Burton and his companions in the native villages of Luba-Land” (p. 196).Expertise: 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. 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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