Lot: 24698th Auction
Artistically engraved calabash, ca. 1930
D. R. Congo, Congo central, Moanda Region, Kitombe, Vela Raphael
|Provenance||Size||Starting price / estimated price|
|Pierre Loos, Brussels, Belgium
Bren Heymans, Antwerp, Belgium
|H: 9.8 inch||
plus 23 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance
pumpkin, kaolin, fire blackening, incised signature "Vela Raphael Kitombe", min. dam.
Gourds of this type are decorated with motives based on Kongo proverbs, folk-tales and fables. The tradition of engraving calabashes is ancient but these narrative, realistic icons are geared at an expatriate public.
Antwerp, Belgium: "100 x Congo. Een eeuw Congolese kunst in Antwerpen / Un siècle d'art congolais à Anvers", 3 October 2020 - 12 September 2021