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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- Enormous Divination Bowl
- Ethnic group/ culture
- Region/ country
- Congo DRC
- Mid 20th century
- Good condition, used with some signs of wear
- Sold with stand
- 42×67×24 cm
- 11.1 kg