Lot 100F: Bakongo Hand-Carved Wood Maternity Figural Pair

Artemis Gallery

October 27, 2016, 7:00 AM PST
Louisville, CO, US
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Description: Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire), ca. early to mid 20th century CE. A hand-carved wooden female maternity figure created by a Kongo sculptor. A fine example displaying a characteristic emphasis on an enlarged head, wide-eyed expression with bold features, and tall headdress. The piece pays homage to the fertility of the female figure, as she sits in the nude upon an integral base with crossed legs, sweetly holding a child across her lap. The craftsmanship demonstrates a keen attention to details as demonstrated by the incised scarifications on the chest and back. Gorgeous patina from years of handling! Size: 3" L x 3.75" W x 12.75" H (7.6 cm x 9.5 cm x 32.4 cm). Provenance: Ex Peter Arnovick Collection, Los Altos CA All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #112098
Condition Report: Old fissures on headdress and base as shown. Perforation, likely a natural perforation, on underside of base. Lovely patina.
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