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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION

Songye Power Figure, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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114

PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION

Songye Power Figure, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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Details & Cataloguing

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Songye Power Figure, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Provenance

James M. Silberman, Washington, D.C., acquired in Kinshasa in the mid-1960s
Thence by family descent
Sotheby's, New York, May 16, 2008, lot 150, consigned by the above
Private Collection, acquired at the above auction

Catalogue Note

The rare style of the present lot testifies to the interrelations existing between the Songye and neighboring peoples such as the Luba, Kanyok, and Luluwa, among others. See Neyt, Songye, 2004, pp. 318-320, for further discussion.

The present figure can be attributed to a Luba-Kasai workshop known for combining Songye iconography with Luba and Luluwa stylistic elements, evident here in the coiffure, which terminates in a circular bonnet, and in the double herringbone eyebrows. For a related Songye figure see ibid., p. 115, fig. 80.

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