Our " Mutu " Janus figure was part of the " Mutulwa " basket that played an important role in the " Kananuma- Masengo " rites.
The statue could only be manipulated and interpreted by a member of the secret “Lutumbo- Lwa- Kindi " Society.
Former. Colonial collection. Omer van Vaerenbergh ( in situ ca. 1940 )
Former. Gallery Le Page , rue de la Regence , Brussels ( ca. 1970 )
Former. Privé collection Brussels (since ca. 1973 )
Semi hard wood type.
Body, dark brown oily patina.
Face , white kaolinite clay.
Details with hot iron technique pyrographed
Quit a bit signs of wear and paint flaking.
Here and there it shows signs of ritual knife stabbing.
With broken off left foot top.
Dust deposits on the whole.
Large and beautifully carved , extremely rare Janus sculpture !
Track & trace shipping
- Ethnic group/ culture
- Region/ country
- DR Congo
- 1st half 20th century
- Sold with stand
- 32×9×8 cm