Sculpture - Wood - Ndop- No Reserve Price - Shoowa-Kuba - Congo DRC

Description
Sculpture - Wood - Ndop- No Reserve Price - Shoowa-Kuba - Congo DRC
Mid 20th century - Excellent

A fine representation of a Kuba Ndop king.

Provenance: Private Collection. Antwerpen.
Height: 38 cm

Condition: Wood, light honey Patina.
Estimated Age= 1950-70

Engraved number below the base: " 9970 "

An Ndop is an officially commissioned wood portrait figure of
a specific Kuba king—originally only one Ndop was produced for
each king.

Ndop were also given as gifts to visiting dignitaries or purchased
by visitors like the ethnographer Emil Torday (Fig. 2). The Ndop
figure became well known in Europe after four collected by Torday
were put on display at the British Museum.

In the 1950's the catholic mission started the Nsheng/Mushenge school of carving where Africans learned to carve the Kuba Ndop figures again. When the art school began to actively produce a large quantity of artwork in the early
1960s, the king and the priests created a cooperative in which the artist received 90% of the selling price of the artwork. The king also passed laws setting minimum values and forbidding artists to undercut those prices (Vansina 2010:294).

B/w ill. : Kuba Ndop kings. Herbers, 1959.
This figure is probably representing Mikabi Mbula (1810-1840)

Color photo: - Kuba sculptor carving a Ndop, Mushenge, Congo (Democratic Republic), [slide] 1972 .
This photograph was taken when Eliot Elisofon was on assignement for National Geographic Film and traveled to Africa from January 19, 1972 to mid April 1972.
- Mushenge Art School, Mushenge, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 1972 ©Eliot Elisofon

Lot details
Object
Sculpture
Indigenous object name
Ndop- No Reserve Price
Ethnic group/ culture
Shoowa-Kuba
Region/ country
Congo DRC
Material
Wood
Period
Mid 20th century
Condition
Excellent
Sold with stand
No
Dimensions
38×11×12 cm
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