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Idumu Mask - lightwood of the Alstonia family - Lega - the Kivu Province - D.R.C.

Lot reference 27501487

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it dates to around 1930 - Good condition, used with some signs of wear

Object: Idumu Mask
Ethnic group/ culture: Lega
Region/ country: the Kivu Province - D.R.C.
Material: lightwood of the Alstonia family
Period: it dates to around 1930
Condition: Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand: Yes
Dimensions: 33×16×12 cm
Weight: 0.295 kg

Important Idumu Mask – Lega – D.R.C.

In good state. it dates to around 1930.On stand.

Provenance: Ex – collection of Nic de Kun, Brussels. Acquired from him by H. Westerdijk around 1970.Collected by him in situ around 1955.

This impressive and highly interesting mask bears all the traits of the far more common Lukwakongo version of this type, but is in fact an elongated form of it. Striking here is the rather prominent nose that dominates the face. This old piece has lost most of its original white kaolin coating with its characteristic, sparkling mica /quarts particles. The rest of the heart-shaped face is highly conform the norm with eyes slightly off-balance and a tiny mouth showing teeth in a upper and lower row. The rim has old holes for the attachment of a beard that is now missing. Idimu masks are collectively owned by a chapter of the Bwami society and guarded by a graded member in a basket together with other educational objects. They are far more rare than the privately owned Lukwakongo pieces that every Bwami member held. Fine, well-patinated interior, a true sign of long use.

Literature; Daniel P. Biebuyck: Lega, Brussels, Paris, Ghent ,2002, pp.98 ff.

Dimensions: 33 x 16 x 12 cm.
People /Region: The Lega live in the southern section of the easternmost part of the D.R.C., the Kivu Province.
Material: lightwood of the Alstonia family.
Weight: 0.295

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Sold with handwritten declaration of authenticity by Dr. P. Westerdijk, museum ethnologist and cultural anthropologist specialized, for over 50 years now, in the study of the material cultures in African nations that live south of the Sahara.
Due to bad experiences with carriers, we opted for one reliable carrier. The shipping costs are therefore slightly higher. Sent by registered and insured mail.

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Catawiki member since November 19, 2014, received 242 reviews in total (42 in last 12 months)

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  • Efficient, fast delivery. Am not in France and will give more feedback when I see the object

    ctual August 20, 2019

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    tatiefraise007 July 31, 2019

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    Everything perfect."Graceful mother" fits well in the home here. The seller, Mr Bastien, is a serious and kind person.
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    user-9f88b0b July 25, 2019

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    Très très bien.
    Toujours d’excellentes pièces d'Art Africaine. Et pour une troisième fois !!
    Emballage parfait. On ne regarde pas à la dépense...
    Je recommande vraiment.
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    Africpassion July 23, 2019

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    solSOL July 4, 2019

  • Great piece ! Perfect packaging.

    jmob June 15, 2019

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    solSOL June 12, 2019

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    solSOL May 29, 2019

  • Perfect transaction. Nice item, prompt shipping, good communication. Many Thanks!

    Rochettaz May 29, 2019

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    solSOL May 9, 2019

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    Mooiste item wat ik tot nu toe heb gewonnen bij Catawiki via deze erg professionele mensen bij de "bron". Waardevol provenance stuk erbij, iets om de rest van je leven van te genieten. Uitmuntend!!!!!
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    user-2ec6e84 April 4, 2019

  • Very nice mask, which was sent rapidly and well packed. Would buy again from this seler.

    laurentnilles April 4, 2019

  • Very courteous and willing to please. His objects are of great quality
    Very happy with my purchase

    ctual March 23, 2019

  • we are quite satisfied with the handling, correct information of this sale and very much appreciate the letter/certificate with the details of the object we bought.

    elsverdonck March 19, 2019

  • Reibungslose Abwicklung. Zusagen eingehalten. Pünktlicher Versand. Ordentliche Verpackung. Voll zufrieden.

    user-c94c62c March 18, 2019

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    Vente très positive ! Colis livré le surlendemain de l'enchère ! Deux jours. Extrêmement rapide, avec une frontière à traverser.
    Et très bonne communication avec le vendeur, Bastien.
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    Africpassion March 17, 2019

  • Item arrived in time and as described in perfect condition.
    Thanks a lot.

    user-11b5814 March 14, 2019

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    Très beau chi wara, belle patine ancienne. On déplore un recollage non mentionné à la base.
    Indigène, avec traces de colle ?
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    lovviere March 13, 2019

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    Il faut noter bien que c'est une restauration indigène localement faite. Ca indique pour moi que cette pièce ètait bien aimèe par son propriétaire.Plutôt un plus.
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    Sterk masker, zeergunstige prijs, verzorgde en degelijke verpakking. Vlugge levering.
    Hartelijk dank.
    Jos belde
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    Josbelde March 12, 2019

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    conforme à la description, très bien emballé, envoyé dans les temps,je recommande
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    cruberic February 24, 2019

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    Prachtig masker. Duidelijke, vriendelijke, snelle communicatie.
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    hennyvandewater February 13, 2019

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    Il est splendide
    merci
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    tatiefraise007 February 12, 2019

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    Cet objet de valeur,à 800 € de réserve,est arrivé cassé (j'ai envoyé les photos), car il n'a pas eu les conditions de transport appropriées.Ce vendeur répond gentiment mais ne me dédommage en rien.
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    user-b773998 January 20, 2019

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    It's tragic that the object has damaged. There is consultation with Catawiki, the rules of Catawiki are applicable in this case. In the context of the privacy of buyer no further comments
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    sathee January 11, 2019

  • Great communication and delivery, very fast and efficient.

    leesi December 14, 2018

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