Good condition, used with some signs of wear
|Object:||Old kuyu ancestor figurine|
|Condition:||Good condition, used with some signs of wear|
|Sold with stand:||No|
Formerly, the Kuyu who live in the west of the Republic of Congo, would consider that they descended from the panther, whereas those from the east worshipped a sacred snake as their ancestor, a sort of viper named Djo. The cult honouring it depicted the myth of the origins, in which the sacred animal appeared as the creator of the universe. Worship dances of the kiephe-kiephe involved figures presenting the most often arms placed along the bust, ending with hands presenting webbed fingers. The drawings on the arms or on the bust remind the skin of a snake. Motifs in the shape of cowry shells - these shells symbolise protection - ornament a hairdo, a forehead and a dress.
The facial features confer to the piece a disturbing aspect, of half-human, half-animal creatures, which the Kuyu sculptures seem to embody.
The presence of a monkey perched on the head of the figure presented here reminds the kinship between men and this animal. For the Kuyu, the monkey is closely related to the ritual universe. During the initiation of boys, the officiant would rub their faces with the skin of this animal, in order to open their eyes to the invisible world.
Catawiki member since May 24, 2019, received 16 reviews in total (16 in last 12 months)
|Feedback score:||87.5% (16 reviews)|
|(last 12 months)|
Smooth & Easy
Please note: some elements on this page have been translated automatically.rien à dire sur l'objet mais il a fallu mettre en demeure le vendeur de livrer l'objet car celui le l'avait pas envoyé 2 semaines après le paiement et ce, malgré les relances de catawiki.
Please note: some elements on this page have been translated automatically.Une corne a été cassée et mal repeinte. Les perles du bas ont été changées et grossièrement recollées. La description ne fait pas part de ces défauts. Le vendeur ne répond plus aux messages... dégoûté
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||$38.77|
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.