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A Magnificent Vili Kneeling Figure, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Estimate
30,00050,000
LOT SOLD. 289,000 USD
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134
A Magnificent Vili Kneeling Figure, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Estimate
30,00050,000
LOT SOLD. 289,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

African, Oceanic and Pre-Columbian Art

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A Magnificent Vili Kneeling Figure, Democratic Republic of the Congo
the kneeling figure with wide shoulders and hands touching the abdomen, the openwork arms held to the abdomen, with almond-shaped vertical scarification marks on front and back, the massive upturned head with delicate features and wearing a conical coiffure, with cloth wrapped around the body and fiber around the neck; exceptionally fine lustrous dark brown patina with residue. 
height 4 1/2 in. 11.4 cm
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Provenance

Joseph Henrion, Brussels
Marc Leo Felix, Brussels
Helmut Stern, Ann Arbor

Exhibited

Purchase, The African-American Institute, Masterpieces of the Peoples Republic of the Congo, September 25, 1980 - January 24, 1981
Minneapolis, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Spirits Embodied: Art of the Congo. Selections from the Helmut F. Stern Collection, October 1, 1999 - July 2, 2000
St. Paul, Hamlin University Art Galleries, Icons of Perfection: Figurative Sculpture from Africa, December 2, 2005 - February 11, 2006

Literature

The African-American Institute (ed.), Masterpieces of the Peoples Republic of the Congo, Purchase, 1980, p. 26, fig. 21
Evan M. Maurer and Niangi Batulukisi, Spirits Embodied: Art of the Congo. Selections from the Helmut F. Stern Collection, Minneapolis, 1999, pp. 64 and 74, fig. 6
Alisa McCusker and MacKenzie Moon (eds.), Icons of Perfection, Saint Paul, 2005, p. 37, fig. 20

African, Oceanic and Pre-Columbian Art

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New York