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Hemba Figure in the style of the master of Buli

Lot 0022
In the style of the Buli Master, Ngongo ya Chintu (Hemba, ca. 1810-1870), and probably made by one of his followers mid-XXth. This Hemba figure was collected in the 1960Â’s by the Van Hunsel-Boes family of Wilrijk, Antwerp. Ngongo ya Chintu (an honorific title meaning "the great leopard, the father of sculpted things") worked in the Kingdom of Luba between 1810 and 1870. He carried on a long tradition of Hemba art but gave it a personal touch, exaggerating the face and hands of his carved figures and anthropomorphic stools. The work of this master was first identified by Belgian art historian Frans Olbrechts, whose 1930s discovery of ten figures in the same, distinctive style around the town of Buli led to him coining ya Chintu’s more familiar moniker. In the 1970s Ngonogo ya Chintu was identified by the owners of one of his figures as being an artist from the village of Kateba, were -as noted by Marilyn Stokstad– he was highly regarded. H= 59 cm


Good condition, shiny patina, some abrasion, base eroded.


14.9 x 57.4 x 17.8 cm

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Hemba Figure in the style of the master of Buli

Estimate €5,000 - €8,000Sep 22