The iconography of a figure grasping its lower jaw with both hands to pull its mouth open is rare. For other examples of this iconography which seems to have been uniquely used by the Yombe see Lehuard (1989: 545-550, figs. J 19-1-2 - J 19-2-1).
Marks, nicks, scratches and abrasions consistent with age and ritual handling. Surface crack to charge material at back proper right side of the head. Vertical age crack behind proper right ear extending into neck. Repaired breaks to both legs where they meet the body; integrally-carved base is broken into three pieces and now stabilized with a wood plate underneath, attached with nails. Proper right leg also broken at the knee and now repaired with a nail. Fine dark brown glossy patina with encrustation. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.