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Lot 0002
A fine little Luba figure with a painted number on the wood base (182,3,1936,17).Such figures are a convention of Luba society, and represent the feminine ideal of a beautiful young mother. Made in the typical style of the Luba and their neighbours the Hemba, from Southeast Congo, with a classical elaborate hairstyle that indicates a higher rank, as do the numerous keloid scarifications to the abdomen and back. She holds her breasts in both hands in the manner of presentation. Estimated age is mid XXth century. This figure was originally in the Patric Claes collection, acquired while he was curator of the Kinshasa museum. H= 19cm


Condition is good, with a single crack on the side of the feet, small insect damage in the neck. The figure has a shiny use-wear patina, from extensive handling.


5 x 18.8 x 5.9 cm

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