Lot: 373

84th Tribal Art Auction

Standing female figure

D. R. Congo, Basikasingo

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
H: 13.4 inch 2000 EUR
plus 23 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

wood, reddish brown patina, block-like lower part of the body, legs without shape, just marked by a gap-like recess and indicated toes, slightly dam., cracks (belly, back of the head), minor missing parts through insect caused damage, metal plate; figures of the Basikasingo often represent individual ancestors, called "bashumbu". They were kept in special shrines under the authority and guardianship of a dominant lineage elder.