Lot: 44188th Tribal Art Auction
D. R. Congo, Mangbetu
|Provenance||Size||Starting price / estimated price|
|Dirk Vonck, Brussels, Belgium
Wolf-Bernard Müller, Krefeld, Germany
|H: 19.9 inch||
plus 23 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance
ivory, reptile skin, crowned by a human head with tribe-typical head deformation, the corpus carved with animal motifs (snake and spider), rep. (breakage: neck), fine cracks through age. The ivory trumpet "namburuse" was played in the court and represented royal power and presence. Trumpets accompanied the king and his wife when they perfomed a dance called "mabolo". They also announced the king's movements and his victories.