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Maternity figure - Wood - Provenance Carlo Monzino-NO PRICE LIMIT - Mayombé - Congo DRC

Maternity figure - Wood - Provenance Carlo Monzino-NO PRICE LIMIT - Mayombé - Congo DRC

A Kongo Phemba Maternity Figure with Child, from the Mayombe region.

Kongo, DR Kongo
Wood H 24 cm. Remains of offerings. Gray patina.

Hammer, Switzerland.
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"

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.
Please note: seller guarantees the authenticity as described.

Object Maternity figure
Indigenous object name Provenance Carlo Monzino-NO PRICE LIMIT
Ethnic group/ culture Mayombé
Region/ country Congo DRC
Material Wood
Period Mid 20th century
Condition Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand Yes
Dimensions 24×7×7 cm
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