A Bakongo ivory maternity figure

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Lot 2572
A fine Bakongo ivory maternity figure
height 8 3/4in

US$ 60,000 - 90,000
£ 48,000 - 72,000
A fine Bakongo ivory maternity figure
Democratic Republic of Congo, exceptionally carved with deep brown to honey yellow patina, areas of wear from rubbing. Exceptional variegated surface.
height 8 3/4in

Footnotes

  • Exhibited:
    Governors State University, IL, 2003
    Krannert Art Museum, IL, 2003
    Belger Art Foundation/University of Missouri-Kansas City, MO, 2004
    Tall Grass Art Association, IL, 2005

    Published:
    Bourgeois and Rodolitz, REMNANTS OF RITUAL: SELECTIONS FROM THE GELBARD COLLECTION OF AFRICAN ART, Ethnos, New York, 2003, p.33, fig.74a & 74b

    This large and impressive maternity figure probably once graced the top of a piece of royal furniture or served as a decoration for a processional or funerary bier. The late Dr. Albert Maesen, was said to have believed that it was one of the largest of its type known. The sculpture is noteworthy in that it displays and an overall balance between the mother and child, as well as an inventive handling of the compression in the mother’s bent knees and leaning body.
A Bakongo ivory maternity figure
A Bakongo ivory maternity figure
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