DRC, Congo- Early to mid-20th century - Good condition-Provenance Jean-Marc Desaive
Kuba Figure of a King, - KUBA - Democratic Republic of Congo - according to Olbrechts it is representing the king Mbop' a-Kyeen- the 119th king who died in 1895 ( Cornet-Art Royal Kuba p 52, 59 )
Collected in the 1950's.
Provenance ex-collection Jean Marc Desaive, Brussels.
A figure in the same style probably from the same carver can be seen in National museum of Danemark and represents Mbopey Mabiintsch ma-Mbul ( Cornet-Art Royal Kuba-p115 )
H= 36 cm.
Size: 74 cm , 29 inch . O,ne of the biggest known Ndop figure representation.
Finely carved from hardwood, the king (nyim) is posed in the conventional and traditional style, with idealized traits, seated crossed-legged on a square pedestal (bulell) replicating the padded throne-seat of Kuba kings, with an elaborate carved crisscrossed geometric pattern (ntshuum anyim - the pattern chosen by the king at his coronation) overall. The left hand holds a Kuba sword (a symbol of power and vigilance to the Kuba), with the right hand resting on the same knee. The king wears the royal objects: a headdress with visor (shody) shading the king's face, carved with cowrie shells around symbolizing authority; a carved neck ring; shoulder hoops of decorated cloth on cane over his shoulders, reserved only for kings; arm strings of woven cloth with cowrie shell (mbuum) on his upper arms; bracelets on his wrists; a wide, woven cowrie shell belt criss-crossed over his abdomen; a plaited belt (mwaan-daan), identifies the king as a council member of the highest order; around his waist holding up an elaborate, ceremonial woven cloth (iyeet), only worn at royal ceremonies, covering his buttocks. The body (torso and legs) is understated between the head and the pedestal, his head oversized, as is traditional in all ndop figures, with a well-defined, shaved hairstyle, scarification on both sides of the head, the projecting face is dominant and full with a calm, benign expression, the eyes almond-shaped and closed, the lips full and relaxed. In front of the pedestal is a decorated Kuba drum (Kot-a-Mbul), the symbol (ibol) of his reign as chosen by the king; smooth and glossy nuanced yellow hardwood honey patina
Condition: A chip missing on the sword, the little "Ibol" emblem in front the Kuba drum had been detached. See images. Otherwise good condition.
PICTURES: - A B/W image of a ndop figure in-situ early XXth.
A Ndop figure is a carving of the king's spirit, produced after his death.
A collection from various sources, among them a fine lele mask, a complete Kuba costume, and more .. See images
This statue from David Norden's collection is sold with a written description of the tribe and David Norden private opinion .
May be viewed or picked up in David Norden's Buy African Antiques Shop in Antwerp.
Please note: seller guarantees this statue authenticity.
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