1st half 20th century - Vintage - used with visible signs of wear
|Object:||Original Shankadi headrest|
|Region/ country:||DR Congo|
|Period:||1st half 20th century|
|Condition:||Vintage - used with visible signs of wear|
|Sold with stand:||No|
17 x 18 cm.
Former Belgian colonial, teacher.
Throughout Africa, wooden headrests served as pillows, to preserve the complex hairdos which required much work, and to ensure the freshness of the head during the sleep. The dynamic position, the delicately chiselled features and the spectacular hairdo in cascade, are characteristics specific to a series of headrests, stools, kashekesheke divination instruments, attributed to the same artist or to the same active workshop in the 19th century. According to A. Maesen, the hairstyle of these sculptures is named Mikanda, meaning “stairs” or “cascade”; this led the Westerners to name the artist, “the Master of the cascading hairdo”.
The exact regional origins of this hairstyle are unknown. Nevertheless, many pictures of the late 19th and the early 20th centuries show Luba women wearing variants of this type, reproduced on an important number of Luba pieces.
The stacking of hair layers and the angular openworked forms on the sculpture were particularly widespread until 1928, in the region of the Luba Shankadi, around the villages of Kabondo Dianda and Busangu. Mounted on a structure in wicker, the hairdo in “cascade” required about fifty hours of work; if one used a headrest at night, the hairdo could be maintained during two or three months.
Headrests have great value for the Luba; currently still, a significant number of Luba remember that their grandparents owned such pieces.
In the 1950s, Maesen had observed that people of a certain age were particularly attached to their headrest, which was sometimes buried with their owner. In addition, we could bury these in place of the deceased when the body was not found, demonstrating the role of the object, closely related to the person.
Headrests were so important that the Yeke, during their iconoclastic uprising of the late 19th, had burned all of the Luba headrests, whereas other objects remained intact.
Shipment within 24 working hours.
Track and trace included.
With acknowledgement of receipt.
Tags: mask, figurine, sculpture, figure, statuette, wood, art, contemporary, first, primitive, tribal, African, antiquity, artwork, gallery, Picasso, Giacometti, art gallery, African art, cubism.
Tribal-Art-Passion pro top
Catawiki member since April 6, 2018, received 156 reviews in total (124 in last 12 months)
|Feedback score:||100% (124 reviews)|
|(last 12 months)|
have received the piece in best order and very fast
Thanks. Excellent experience and nice item.
sorry for my late answer, I had been a few days away: nice item, safe delivery, perfect!
Please note: some elements on this page have been translated automatically.L extremite du nez de masque punu est arrivée cassée, ce défaut n apparait pas sur les photos, ce qui déprécie la valeur intrinsèque et la beauté de ce masque. L emballage était pourtant très correct
TRES BONNE TRANSACTION. MERCI.
received lot in good time in good order
Please note: some elements on this page have been translated automatically.Achat globalement satisfaisant dans l'ensemble. Valeur d'enchères quelque peu surévaluée par les experts.
Certificat d'authenticité/ancienneté/origine de l'objesouhaitée, conformément sa description.
Please note: some elements on this page have been translated automatically.Na een misverstand mijnerzijds annuleerde ik de aankoop. Verkoper heeft dit geaccepteerd. Hartelijk dank voor de medewerking en belofte van restitutie.
Beter volgende keer, dank.
The seller will ship the item(s) within 3 working days after receiving confirmation of payment.
Shipping costs are for mainland destinations only.
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.
|Rest of Europe||$35.45|
If you win more than one lot sold by the same seller in the same auction, your shipment will be combined. In this case, only the shipping costs of whichever lot has the highest shipping costs will be applied.