Hungana Standing Magical Male Figure, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Lot 87
Hungana Standing Magical Male Figure, Democratic Republic of the Congo
US$ 40,000 - 60,000
€ 34,000 - 51,000

African and Oceanic Art

5 Dec 2017, 13:00 PST

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Hungana Standing Magical Male Figure, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Wood
height 24in (61cm)

Provenance
Dr. Michel Gaud, Saint-Tropez, France
Sotheby's, London, 29 November 1993 (lot 121)
Lance Entwistle, London
Private American Collection

Exhibited
Cannes, La Rencontre du Ciel et de la Terre, Musée de la Castre, 1990

Published
Arts Premiers d'Afrique Noire, Lyon: 1982, no. 32
La Rencontre du Ciel et la Terre, Cannes: Ville de Cannes, Z'editions, 1990, no. 105

Yale University Art Gallery, van Rijn African Art Archive No. 0013199

According to Christopher Roy, "The Hungana are a small group that occupies the west bank of the Kwilu River in Zaire. The Pende live to the southeast, and the Mbala are their immediate neighbors to the west. They are closely related culturally to the Mbala, and their sculptural forms have been heavily influenced by Mbala art. The Hungana are best known as smiths, and in fact the root of their name hunga means forge. They live in widely dispersed settlements, often comprising the minority of larger Yaka, Suku, and Mbala villages.

The Hungana style is distinguishable by the striking hairstyle that was once worn in the region, consisting of three long, parallel plaits of hair extending from the brows far down the back. In addition, the style is characterized by a thin, cylindrical neck that rises from a large, swelling torso. The head projects far forward. Like the figures carved by other groups in the area, especially the Teke, Yaka, and Suku, the arms are bent at the elbows and the hands touch the chin." (Art and Life in Africa: Selections from the Stanley Collection, The University of Iowa Museum of Art, 1985, fig. 95)
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