Enormous Divination Bowl - Wood - Luba - Congo DRC

Description
Enormous Divination Bowl - Wood - Luba - Congo DRC
mid 20th century - Good condition, used with some signs of wear

Rare and large divination bowl with two ancestor figures. The bowl has traces of tribal use. Made from a heavy piece of hardwood. Total weight: 11.1 kg!

Bowl figures like this are owned by chiefs and diviners. Rulers keep them at their doors filled with a sacred white chalk associated with purity, renewal and the spirit world. Usually, however, these figures are the prerogative of royal diviners...who use them as oracles, and as receptacles for their possessing spirit's wife. (Source: Roberts and Roberts 1996: pg 70).

Provenance: former private collection from Belgium. Collected in the period 1953 - 1959 (More details provided to buyer).
Sold with a certificate of authenticity.

Shipping within 24 hours after the payment is received. Tracking number will be provided. Signature upon delivery. Fully insured.
May as well be viewed and picked up at the Asian African Art Gallery in Vessem (NL).

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Lot details
Object
Enormous Divination Bowl
Ethnic group/ culture
Luba
Region/ country
Congo DRC
Material
Wood
Period
Mid 20th century
Condition
Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand
No
Dimensions
42×67×24 cm
Weight
11.1 kg
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