A Kongo Phemba Maternity Figure with Child, from the Mayombe region.
Kongo, DR Kongo
Wood H 24 cm. Remains of offerings. Gray patina.
Carlo Monzino (1931-1996), Castagnola, Lugano- Switzerland. The basis for this outstanding and extensive collection was formed in the early 1960s when he bought a large part of the Jacob Epstein collection, and later from the collector Sandro Volta.
He sold his Fang figures to the Dapper Foundation in Paris, and also a big part of his collection to Jean David from Hammer. In 1986 Susan Vogel wrote a book about his collection " The Aesthetics of African Art: The Carlo Monzino Collection" https://amzn.to/2RPlmRr
Used in Lemba initiation The Mayombe maternity may on a visual basis, appear as a dead infant being mourned by its mother might instead be a Simbi, the spirit child from the ancestral realm.
"Such representations may have been conceived to conflate the imperative of childbearing with the concerns of local leadership to augment kin groups through procreation and political alliances.” ( Alicia LaGamma (2015: 161) )
ill: Carlo Monzino portrait by Andy Warhol
David Norden is a third generation antique dealers, dealing in African Art in Antwerp-Belgium since 1992.
All lots from David Norden's collection are sold with a written description of the tribe and David Norden private opinion .
May be viewed or picked up in David Norden's Buy African Antiques Shop in Antwerp.
25€ PACK & SHIP WORLDWIDE- FREE WRITTEN DESCRIPTION IN EACH PACKAGE.
Please note: seller guarantees the authenticity as described.
- Maternity figure
- Indigenous object name
- Provenance Carlo Monzino-NO PRICE LIMIT
- Ethnic group/ culture
- Region/ country
- Congo DRC
- Mid 20th century
- Good condition, used with some signs of wear
- Sold with stand
- 24×7×7 cm