Lot: 314

96th Auction

Male ancestor figure

D. R. Congo, Luba / Hemba

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Old British Collection (coll. in the 1960s / 70s) H: 22.4 inch 3000 EUR
plus 23 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

This sculpture shows the posture and physiognomy characteristic for ancestor figures of the Congo region.

Its simplified, rather coarse formal language, together with asymmetrical moments, creates a highly expressive overall effect.

Traces of a sticky black sacrificial patina at the head but also on the body indicate a rich use of the figure in the cult.