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

Description
Maternity figure - Wood - Provenance Carlo Monzino-NO PRICE LIMIT - Mayombé - Congo DRC
mid 20th century - Good condition, used with some signs of wear

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

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

Provenance:
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" 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.

Lot details
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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