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    Sale 2257

    African and Oceanic Art: The Robert and Jean Shoenberg Collection

    14 November 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 41

    A FINE SONGYE MAGIC FIGURE

    DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A FINE SONGYE MAGIC FIGURE
    Democratic Republic of the Congo
    Standing with large feet on the circular base, the arms carved free of the body with the hands each side of the pierced circular aperture in the abdomen, the boldly carved face with upturned mouth with carved tongue, lenticular eyes flanking the broad nose and finely cross-hatched brows, the coiffure finely carved with rows of pyramidal projections about the central aperture for insertion of fetish horn, pierced horizontally through the ears and through the coiffure, strands of coloured beads about the neck, dark glossy patina with traces of oil.
    7 in. (18 cm.) high


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    Provenance

    Gallery Menist, Primitiv Art Amsterdam, n.d. (ca.1969), no.3379