A Songye dance shield
Lot 2236
A Songye dance shield
Sold for US$ 15,600 inc. premium
Auction Details
A Songye dance shield
Lot Details
A rare and unusual Songye dance shield
Democratic Republic of Congo, of highly unusual and expressive form, the disk-like shield carved with three deeply grooved sections of repeating bands of red and white pigment, accented in black. Fine adzing to the reverse. Overall variegated fine surface.
diameter 22 3/4in

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Galerie Claes

    Though highly enigmatic, it is likely that this dance shield was used in a context related to the Songye Bwada Ka Bifwebe cult which utilizes the iconic striated kifwebe mask.
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