Lot: 31299th Auction
Standing female figure
D. R. Congo, Kuyu
|Provenance||Size||Starting price / estimated price|
|Robert van der Heijden, Amsterdam, The Netherlands||H: 20.9 inch||
plus 23 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance
wood, colour pigments, rest., base
According to various articles published by the French colonial administrator Poupon in 1918-19, the Kuyu were divided into two groups: the Western Kuyu, who considered themselves descendants of the panther, and the Eastern Kuyu, who worshipped the serpent "djo" as their mythical ancestor.
Poupon described the different phases of the "djo" ceremonies that incorporate numerous figures. These rites brought together several villages, with initiates assembled hierarchically in a vast clearing. Performances alternated between mimed sequences and dances involving carved figures.