Splendid Janus Figure – Lega – D.R.C.
In fine condition; It dates to around 1930. On stand.
Provenance: Ex – collection of Nic de Kun, Brussels. Bought from him by H. Westerdijk around 1970. Obtained by Mr. De Kun in the then Belgian Congo at the end of the 1950s in Pangi Territory.
Double figures of this model sculpted in hard wood are rare and in fact better known and more general in bone and ivory. The faces are very much like those in a lot of Lega masks, while the cubistic body and limbs are rudimentarily represented. We can follow the carver’s progress and thought process by observing the way in which he has liberated head and body from the block he set out with, chipping away with certain strokes of his adze what he did not need and finish the job with a knife to form the final details. A true piece of sculpture by a well-trained craftsman who systematically eliminated the unnecessary material to succeed. Sweet, deep patina with traces of kaolin clay fill-ins.
Literature: For the concept in ivory, see: Valentine Plisnier and Michel
Boulanger: L” Art Lega, Paris, 2016, fig. 169.
Dimensions: 27 x 7.5 x 7 cm.
People /Region: The Lega live in the southern Kivu of Central East D.R.C.
Material: hard wood and some cloth about the neck.
Weight: 0.55 kg. (incl. stand)
For the original text from seller, set language on this site to: English
Sold with handwritten declaration of authenticity by Dr. P. Westerdijk, museum ethnologist and cultural anthropologist specialized in the material cultures of people living south of the Sahara.
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- Janus figur
- Grupo étnico/cultura
- Región / país
- Los lega viven en el sur de Kivu, en el centro este de D.R.C.
- Madera dura y algo de tela sobre el cuello.
- Data de alrededor de 1930.
- En buen estado, usado con algunos signos de desgaste
- Se vende con soporte
- 27×7.5×7 cm
- 0.55 kg