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|Zela, Democratic Republic of Congo|
Known as mboko, this refined and precious object was likely used in divination rituals; it was believed that as part of the ritual, negative spirits or issues could be resolved through placating an important spirit, whose “wife” is represented in the mboko. As tribal art collectors more generally are aware, the cupholder is an iconic image in the world of tribal art. In this example, the asymmetry makes it more delightful, the legs don’t align, the head is not round, the nose is very large, and even the bowl is less than rounded. Pieces like this are rarely made for the Western collector, who often seeks symmetry in each object. The slight upward tilt of the head leaves one to wonder if the figure is offering or receiving, leaving a sense of wonder that good art always leaves us with. There is evidence throughout of use, and multiple applications of pigment and stain throughout. The abrasions do not detract from the piece.Owned by chiefs and diviners, bowl figures were used in ceremonies to honor and remember the first mythical diviner. 'Rulers keep them at their doors filled with a sacred white chalk associated with purity, renewal and the spirit world. Usually, however, these figures are the prerogative of royal diviners...who use them as oracles, and as receptacles for their possessing spirit's wife' (Source: Roberts and Roberts 1996: pg 70).
|Lot ID: 53|
|Low Estimate: $1,500|
|High Estimate: $3,500|
|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, ash, pigment, evidence of significant ritual use|
|Dimensions: 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|
|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
"La Grande Statuaire Hemba du Zaire", Louvain-La-Neuve, 1977
xxx"Luba. Aan de Bronnen van de Zaire", Antwerpen, 1994
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
|Provenance: Ex. Marc L. Felix, acquired in January, 2016|
Exhibition History: Exhibited at BRUNEAF 2016, Brussels; vetted by a committee of tribal art experts as pre-1940 and authentic
|Price:||Price on Request|
|Offered By:||CLOSED: African Artworks : 146 Lots : July 28-30|
|Contact:||The Curator's Eye|
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