Woyo Vessel Cover, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Lot 85
Woyo Vessel Cover, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Sold for US$ 5,625 inc. premium

African and Oceanic Art

5 Dec 2017, 13:00 PST

Los Angeles

Lot Details
Woyo Vessel Cover, Democratic Republic of the Congo Woyo Vessel Cover, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Woyo Vessel Cover, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Wood
diameter 7in (17.8cm)

Provenance
Harold Rome, New York
Marc and Denyse Ginzberg, New York
Lance Entwistle, London
Private American Collection

Literature
Walker, African Women / African Art, 1976, no. 11
Gillon, Werner, Collecting African Art, London, 1979, no. 121
Ginzberg, Marc, The African Art Collection of Marc and Denyse Ginzberg, 2003, no. 58

Yale University Art Gallery, van Rijn African Art Archive No. 0051621

Werner Gillon notes, "A product unique to the Woyo are carved wooden pot lids, used by a wife to remind her husband of any shortcomings, the design being based on proverbs whose meanings are well known to all. A lid might have a high relief carving incorporating three firestones and the proverb illustrated would be that three stones are needed to support the pot, meaning that all good things come in threes and in marriage that would require that the husband must supply clothes, the wife must cook, and there must be children. On a potlid where the stones are scattered and cannot support the pot, it means that something is amiss and by using the lid, one of several in her armoury, the wife asks the husband to right matters. Even in the matrilineal society the men eat apart and often guests, who are meant to see the lid, are asked to arbitrate. In the example illustrated the central figure is in the act of divining. The egg-shaped object in the right foreground is a local fruit, chialimioko, which appears on most Woyo potlids, and the other items refer to divers proverbs." (Collecting African Art, London, 1979, p. 103)
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