Our four headed figure "Sakimatwematwe" has a base at the bottom that bears a resemblance to an elephant's foot.
According to Nicolas de Kun, who was in Congo between 1948-1960 and acquired a similar figurine, it refers to the necessity of collectivity during elephant hunting.
Metaphor for the importance of group interest within the community.
Ex. Colonial collection, Family Goudleven , Leuven/ Belgium.
See : for more info photo of the figurine of N. de Kun (32.70 cm)
Semi hard wood type.
From light brown to black crusted oil patina.
Small masks painted with white kaolin clay.
Holes around the base of the foot.
Rubbing wear on protruding parts.
Dry bottom with cracks.
Light oil smell perceptible at higher temperature (colonial!?)
Interesting figurine of the LEGA !
Shipment with track & trace.
- Ethnic group/ culture
- Region/ country
- DR Congo
- Mid 20th century
- Sold with stand
- 31×14×13 cm