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|Songye, Democratic Republic of Congo|
Carved in the Atelier de Kisengwa in Congo, with comparables by the same hand existing in the Yale Archive,( #0068184, 0072055), this highly emotive object with two adjoining figures "was made for the village community, loaded with magic substances or bishimba to grant protection and fertility. In most cases they were handed over from generation to generation. The small personal "nkisi“ were taken along when leaving familiar surroundings. (David Zemanek, 2009). The figure, carved from one piece of wood, features a male and female figure, joined in their need to hold a sacred container which once likely contained sacred substances that could be used to bring positive results to bear upon the entire community. The facial expressions are delightfully humorous. A very rare object from a known atelier in the Congo.
|Lot ID: 40|
|Low Estimate: $8,000|
|High Estimate: $16,000|
|Next Bid: $6,500|
|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), stain, paint|
|Dimensions: 11" (27.94 cm) height x 12.5" (31.75 cm) length x 3.75" (9.52 cm) depth|
|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 Art and Power in the Central African Savanna. Luba/Songye/Chokwe/Luluwa", by Petridis (Constantine), Brussels: Mercatorfonds & The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio, 2008|
"Three African Traditions: The Art of the Dogon, Fang and Songye", by Wardwell (Allen), Greenwich: Bruce Museum of Arts and Science, 1999
xxx"Musonge", Brussels, Claes, 2006
Press, Bevel (Maurice-Louis), "L'art de la décoration chez les Basonge", in Conseller Congolais, 1937, 10e ann., 1, 10.
"L'alimentation chez les Basonge", in Conseller Congolais, 1937, 10e ann., 2,34.
xxx"Muurschilderingen bij de Basonges", in Conseller Congolais, 1941, 14e ann., 11, 80.
Cerckel (E.), "La campagne arabe dans le Lomami", in Conseller Congolais, 1930, 2, 54/56.
Felix (Marc Leo), "Luba Zoo: Kifwebe and other striped masks", Brussels: Zaire Basin Art History Research Center, Occasional Paper, June 1992
Hersak (Dunja), "Songye Masks and Figure Sculpture", London: Ethnographica, 1986
Merriam (Alan P.), "Kifwebe and other Masked and Unmasked Societies Among the Basongye", in: Africa Tervuren, V.24, nos.3 and 4, 1978
Mestach (Jean Willy), "Etudes Songye. Formes et symbolique essai d'analyse", Munich: Galerie Jahn, 1985
Neyt (François), "Songye. La Redoutable Statuaire Songye d'Afrique Centrale,", Antwerp: Fonds Mercator, 2004
Samain (Albert), "Basonge's en Baluba's", in Onze Kongo, 1913-14, IV, 297/306.
|Provenance: Ex. Lucas Ratton (Paris), Ex. Private French Collection (original certificate of authenticity and ownership included with this dossier), Exhibition History: Vetted by a committee of tribal art experts and exhibited at Parcours des mondes, September 2015|
|Price:||Price on Request|
|Offered By:||CLOSED: African Artworks : 146 Lots : July 28-30|
|Contact:||The Curator's Eye|
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