Sitting figures - Kanyok - Congo - SOLD OUT

Pretty pair of sitting figures from Kanyok tribal art in CongoA wooden carving of a pair of sitting figures on a rectangular base. Both with a cap of hair to the head, carved details to the face, pendulous breasts to the chest. Each figure seated with the knees drawn up and the elbows resting on the knees with the hands holding the head. Each figure on a oval seat.The Kanyok people are based in the Democratic Republic of Congo and are the Luba’s principle neighbour. The Kanyok create statues that display both male and female characteristics, similar to the Dogon, which symbolizes the male and female elements that merge in the exercise of power where men enact the visible, overt side of power, and women assume the secret side. These figures often have a cavity in them for the placing of substances, such as hair and bone, thus transforming them into a nkisi. These figures are used in the detection of thieves, curing infertility and bringing general good prosperity.Origin : private collection, BelgiumDating : 1950Size : 20 x 20 cmMaterial : wood

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Data sheet

Presumed dating
Mid XXth century
Expert's estimate
Ethnic group
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Tribal art collection Belgium

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