Lot: 32598th Auction
Beautiful bell "dibu" ("ndibu")
D. R. Congo, Yombe / Vili
|Provenance||Size||Starting price / estimated price|
|Michel Koenig, Brussels, Belgium||H: 5.3 inch||
plus 23 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance
wood, black paint residues, glass, plant fibre, with three clappers, base
The bell body, decorated with fine linear incised ornamentation, is crowned by a kneeling female figure, which despite its small size is extremely artistically crafted and shows beautiful, even facial features and harmoniously balanced body shapes.
She depicts a titled lady of high status, as evidenced by her high crested headdress, numerous bangles and luxuriant body scarifications. Her pupils are painted, her eyes glazed.
Such elaborately decorated wooden bells (p. "madibu") were part of the equipment of a "nganga" and were used in traditional healing rites. Their sound was supposed to help him to get into contact with the spirit world of the ancestors and find the cause of his clients' problems.
Simple bells were used for hunting, they were hung around the neck of the dogs.