Lot: 34

Kneeling female figure

D. R. Congo, Yombe

Provenance Size Hammer price
Christie's, South Kensington, 22 November 1988, Lot 200
German Private Collection
H: 7.9 inch 6000 EUR

wood, rich patina, surface treated with wax or oil,

Masterful carving, body forms and facial features are beautifully shaped. Her coiffure forms a point at the top and is decorated with incised geometric motifs, ears and eyebrows are ornamentally designed.

Her left hand is holding her breast in a gesture demonstrating her nurturing faculties. After being magically activated by a ritual specialist, it would have been used by an individual to favorably manipulate forces and alter events, most probably relating to the enhancement of fertility.


ADHRC: 0017838