It dates to around 1920-1930 - Good condition, used with some signs of wear
|Object:||Male Ancestor Figure|
|Ethnic group/ culture:||Kusu / Hemba|
|Material:||hard wood, Iroko: Chlorophora excelsa|
|Period:||It dates to around 1920-1930|
|Condition:||Good condition, used with some signs of wear|
|Sold with stand:||Yes|
Superb Male Ancestor Figure – Kusu / Hemba – D.R.C.
In fairly good state, eroded base as found. It dates to around 1920-1930.
Provenance: Ex – collection of Dr. Tobias Kern, greater Berlin. Bought from him by S. Westerdijk around 1955.
The territory where Kusu and Hemba live side by side, only separated by the Lualaba River, has been a rich breeding ground for artforms, especially wood carvings, that show mutual influences. One of the interesting outcomes of this process has been the figure we show here. The cruciform Hemba coiffure has been elevated into a kind of openwork structure on the crown of the head instead of at the back so as come close to a Kusu solution. In most true Kusu work, however, this hairdo is closed and consists of a compilation of braids. The facial expression is Hemba in origin, though somewhat more severe and less sweet than in pure Hemba work. The structure of the body is more cubistic than in Hemba male ancestral figures in both the arms and the legs. Very fine crusted patina testifying to the great age of this royal item.
Literature: Jan Debbaut (et alii eds.): Utotombo, Brussels, 1988, fig.234.
Dimensions: 54 x 14 x 6 cm.
People / Region: The Kusu and Hemba live in Eastern Kasaye.
Material: hard wood, Iroko: Chlorophora excelsa.
Weight: 1.99 kg.
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.
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|Feedback score:||100% (47 reviews)|
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Please note: some elements on this page have been translated automatically.grazie per la bellissima maschera in ottime condizioni, molto apprezzata anche per la documentazione allegata.
Apprezzo molto la sua professionalità, venditore da tenere in considerazione.
The mask is, in my opinion, older and more beautiful than the photos, and unquestionably authentic.
The seller is a man of integrity, who has carefully vetted and described his objects for sale.
Really a very beautiful mask of high quality and superb patina. A great delight to have this mask in my collection. Fast shipment and well packed, a seller who is conscientious and communicative.
Efficient, fast delivery. Am not in France and will give more feedback when I see the object
Great piece ! Perfect packaging.
Perfect transaction. Nice item, prompt shipping, good communication. Many Thanks!
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!!!!!
Very nice mask, which was sent rapidly and well packed. Would buy again from this seler.
Very courteous and willing to please. His objects are of great quality
Very happy with my purchase
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.
Reibungslose Abwicklung. Zusagen eingehalten. Pünktlicher Versand. Ordentliche Verpackung. Voll zufrieden.
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.
Item arrived in time and as described in perfect condition.
Thanks a lot.
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