Here is a very rare object: an African neckrest from the Bakongo, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This traditional object is remarkably carved, composed of a curved seat resting on two figures seated cross-legged: the chief and his wife carrying their child.
Maternity figurines are a favorite theme in the arts of Africa.
Headrests, in addition to being everyday objects, are a way for their owner to show off their wealth. Indeed, the services of talented sculptors could be very expensive.
Kongo headrests are anecdotal in African art, all the more so when they are as finely carved as this one.
- 18 cm
- Ethnic group