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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF ALLAN STONE, NEW YORK

Kongo-Yombe Mask, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Estimate
8,00012,000
LOT SOLD. 10,625 USD
JUMP TO LOT
110

PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF ALLAN STONE, NEW YORK

Kongo-Yombe Mask, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Estimate
8,00012,000
LOT SOLD. 10,625 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

African, Oceanic & Pre-Columbian Art

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Kongo-Yombe Mask, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Provenance

Boisgirard, Paris, February 19, 1968, lot 122, plate II
Wally and Udo Horstmann, Zug
Allan Stone, New York

Literature

Christie's, London, June 25, 1984, lot 118
Raoul Lehuard, Art Bakongo: les masques, Arnouville, 1993, pp. 842-843

Catalogue Note

According to the Belgian missionary Father Leo Bittremieux, who lived among the Yombe and is the source of much of the reliable early information regarding their culture and religious practices, Kongo-Yombe masks were worn by the nganga (ritual specialist) during some nkisi dances (Tollebeek 2010: 128).  

Early Kongo-Yombe masks are exceedingly rare. A related mask was collected at Loango by M. Vincent and given to the Musée de l'Homme, Paris, in 1892 (today Musée du quai Branly, inv. no. "92.62.4").

African, Oceanic & Pre-Columbian Art

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New York