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KIFWEBE mask - Democratic Republic Congo- from the Nicolas De Kun collection

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KIFWEBE mask - Democratic Republic Congo- from the Nicolas De Kun collection

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Pre 1940 - moderate condition

Height: H: 41 cm ( = 16 inch) and with the stand delivered with the mask: 55 cm

PROVENANCE: This old and quite cubistic Kifwebe mask was sold by Nicolas De Kun to Will Hoogstraate a Dutch collector also interested in contemporary paintings. Nicolas De Kun was in Congo between 1948 and 1960.

Our exclusive Art may be viewed or picked up in David Norden's Buy African Antiques Shop in Antwerp.

According to the Who is Who in African Art from Guy van Rijn this collection was sold at Sotheby's London. 3 July, 1961 & at Gros-Delettrez, Drouot-Paris May 1983, but I couldn't find the catalogs to verify inclusion, he also had interactions with other collectors in his hotel in Kinshasa.

de Kun, Nicolas Scholar, geologist/field collector. Collected Lega objects in the congo between 1948 and 1960. Author: L'Art Lega, Africa-Tervuren 12,nos.3-4, 1966. Sold many Lega objects in Sotheby's-London: 20 November, 1961.

This fine and quite abstract Kifwebe mask is 16 inches or 41 cm high . Very abstract figuration of the eyes, remains of hair in the holes on the crest. Fine Kaolin patina, some part of the wood being burned to darken them. Clear signs of aging, old patina, very light fromager wood.

Those you see regularly on the market that are from the 1950's are usually bigger, this one is smaller and probably to be dated from the 1930's , seen the Kaolin coloration and wood oxidation.

Please note: Sold with written description of the tribe and private review by David Norden who guarantees this product's authenticity.
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    KaptanKrunch November 12, 2017

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    Toujours du Grand D.Norden = Très beau masque Goli avec belle patine d'utilisation- pigments rouges intenses-FANTASTIQUE
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    lovviere October 18, 2017

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    Alles perfect in orde. Zeer goede aankoop.
    Nogmaals dank. Jos belde
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    Josbelde October 9, 2017

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    Allways perfect transactions, excellent seller.
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    fernando4878 August 31, 2017

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    Ce masque Guere/Wobe dégage à la fois force et sérénité. De plus le masque a été livré en 24h chrono!!! Du jamais vu......
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    lovviere August 24, 2017

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