You haven't verified your email address yet

Bangwa Bwa Chibola - hardwood of the Crossopterix febrifuga tree - Bena Lulua - D.R.C.

Lot reference 27783705

Valid bid!

In order to place your bid, you'll only need to sign in or create a free account.

Already registered?

Waiting for extension Lot closed Open for bids in Lot closes in: Offer expires in:

Your bid Current bid $626
Reserve price not met
Next minimum bid $682
Location: Netherlands
Auction fee: 9% of the winning bid
Shipping to United States: $83.95
$
$

No bids placed.

$626 Bidder 1874
16-08-2019 20:12:58
$570 Bidder 8401
16-08-2019 20:12:53
$548 Bidder 1874
16-08-2019 20:11:56
$526 Bidder 8401
16-08-2019 20:11:50
$503 Bidder 1874
16-08-2019 20:10:49
$481 Bidder 8401
16-08-2019 20:10:45
$458 Bidder 1874
16-08-2019 20:10:04

It dates to the 1930s - Good condition, used with some signs of wear

Object: Bangwa Bwa Chibola
Ethnic group/ culture: Bena Lulua
Region/ country: D.R.C.
Material: hardwood of the Crossopterix febrifuga tree
Period: It dates to the 1930s
Condition: Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand: No
Dimensions: 37×10×12 cm
Weight: 0.5 kg

Gorgeous Bangwa Bwa Chibola – Bena Lulua – D.R.C.

In fine state. It dates to the 1930s.

Provenance: Ex –collection of the Timmermans brothers, Brussels- Tervuren. Obtained from Paul Timmermans in 1976 by H. Westerdijk. Collected by Mr. Timmermans while in the region around 1960.

This splendid example of a Bangwa bwa Chibola cultfigure shows a proud mother of twins with all of the beauty marks and fineries of the elite women of the Lulua people of the classic era. The sculpture is completely covered in red clay with which it was smeared during its active service in the fertility cult of the name stated.Bangwa stands for fetish, while cibola ( tshibola or tshisola) means painful problem , hinting at the disturbed relations between ancestral spirits and mortals that are thought to lay at the root of the infertility the cult tries to tackle. Sculptures of mothers with twins are rare, since most pieces show mamas with just one baby. The young lady portrayed is a high-class person of beautiful build and great presence. She has an elaborate hairdo, long neck, high forehead, protruding navel, large and full calves and fine tattoos. Upon becoming a member of the cult, the woman trying to get pregnant was given such a figure to handle and nurse in order to invite an ancestral spirit, often that of a child that died in infancy, to enter the womb and stay there until childbirth, protecting mother and child, even after delivery.

Literature: Herbert C. Cole: Maternity, Brussels, 2017, pp. 151 ff.C. Petrides: Lulua, Brussels, 2018, pp.67 ff. See especially figure 58.

Dimensions: 37 x 10 x 12 cm.
People / Region: The Lulia live in southcentral D.R.C.
Material: hardwood of the Crossopterix febrifuga tree.
Weight: 0.46 kg.

For the original text from seller, set language on this site to: English

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.
Sent by registered and insured mail.

Nl Bastien  top

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

Feedback score: 100% (42 reviews)
(last 12 months)
  • Efficient, fast delivery. Am not in France and will give more feedback when I see the object

    ctual August 20, 2019

  • Please note: some elements on this page have been translated automatically.
    ok
    View translation Automatically translated. Turn off

    tatiefraise007 July 31, 2019

  • Please note: some elements on this page have been translated automatically.
    Everything perfect."Graceful mother" fits well in the home here. The seller, Mr Bastien, is a serious and kind person.
    View translation Automatically translated. Turn off

    user-9f88b0b July 25, 2019

  • Please note: some elements on this page have been translated automatically.
    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.
    View translation Automatically translated. Turn off

    Africpassion July 23, 2019

  • Please note: some elements on this page have been translated automatically.
    AAA +++ Excelent ...
    View translation Automatically translated. Turn off

    solSOL July 4, 2019

  • Great piece ! Perfect packaging.

    jmob June 15, 2019

  • Please note: some elements on this page have been translated automatically.
    AAA +++ ... Excelent ...
    View translation Automatically translated. Turn off

    solSOL June 12, 2019

  • Please note: some elements on this page have been translated automatically.
    AAA +++ Excelent ....
    View translation Automatically translated. Turn off

    solSOL May 29, 2019

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

    Rochettaz May 29, 2019

  • Please note: some elements on this page have been translated automatically.
    AAA +++ EXCELENTE ...
    View translation Automatically translated. Turn off

    solSOL May 9, 2019

  • Please note: some elements on this page have been translated automatically.
    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!!!!!
    View translation Automatically translated. Turn off

    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

  • Please note: some elements on this page have been translated automatically.
    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.
    View translation Automatically translated. Turn off

    Africpassion March 17, 2019

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

    user-11b5814 March 14, 2019

  • Please note: some elements on this page have been translated automatically.
    Très beau chi wara, belle patine ancienne. On déplore un recollage non mentionné à la base.
    Indigène, avec traces de colle ?
    View translation Automatically translated. Turn off

    lovviere March 13, 2019

    Response by seller
    Please note: some elements on this page have been translated automatically.
    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.
    View translation Automatically translated. Turn off
  • Please note: some elements on this page have been translated automatically.
    Sterk masker, zeergunstige prijs, verzorgde en degelijke verpakking. Vlugge levering.
    Hartelijk dank.
    Jos belde
    View translation Automatically translated. Turn off

    Josbelde March 12, 2019

  • Please note: some elements on this page have been translated automatically.
    conforme à la description, très bien emballé, envoyé dans les temps,je recommande
    View translation Automatically translated. Turn off

    cruberic February 24, 2019

  • Please note: some elements on this page have been translated automatically.
    Prachtig masker. Duidelijke, vriendelijke, snelle communicatie.
    View translation Automatically translated. Turn off

    hennyvandewater February 13, 2019

  • Please note: some elements on this page have been translated automatically.
    Il est splendide
    merci
    View translation Automatically translated. Turn off

    tatiefraise007 February 12, 2019

  • Please note: some elements on this page have been translated automatically.
    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.
    View translation Automatically translated. Turn off

    user-b773998 January 20, 2019

    Response by seller
    Please note: some elements on this page have been translated automatically.
    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
    View translation Automatically translated. Turn off
  • Please note: some elements on this page have been translated automatically.
    super zeer tevreden
    View translation Automatically translated. Turn off

    sathee January 11, 2019

  • Great communication and delivery, very fast and efficient.

    leesi December 14, 2018

View all reviews

Delivery

The seller will ship the item(s) within 3 working days after receiving confirmation of payment.

Shipping costs are for mainland destinations only.
More information

Customs information

Any other costs or charges such as customs or import duties, customs clearance and handling may also apply during the shipment of your lot and will be charged to you by the involved party at a later stage if applicable.

Shipping costs

United States $83.95
Belgium $27.98
Netherlands $11.19
Switzerland $61.56
Rest of Europe $50.37
Anywhere else $83.95

All of our auctions are subject to notarial supervision 

Payment options

Visa Mastercard Sepa_credit_transfer

Share this lot with your friends

We’re sorry, we're unable to accept your bid

Due to an outstanding payment, you currently cannot place any bids on Catawiki.

Once your payment has been processed, you will immediately be able to place your bids again as normal. Please note: If you decide to pay via bank transfer, your payment may take up to 2 working days to be processed. We therefore recommend using one of the direct payment methods available on our payment page.

Pay now

X
Not registered yet?
By creating your free Catawiki account, you’ll be able to bid on any of our 50,000 special objects up for auction every week.
or Sign in