SONGYE SHIELD, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO
SONGYE SHIELD, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO
SONGYE SHIELD, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO
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SONGYE SHIELD, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

Estimate: 15,000 - 25,000 USD

SONGYE SHIELD, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

Estimate: 15,000 - 25,000 USD

Lot Sold:18,750USD

Lot Details

Description

Property from a Private Collection

SONGYE SHIELD, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO


Height: 15 ½ in (39.4 cm)

Condition Report

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Cataloguing

Provenance

Merton D. Simpson, New York

American Private Collection, acquired from the above

Sotheby's, New York, November 15, 2002, lot 77, consigned by the above

Private Collection, acquired at the above auction

Catalogue Note

Songye shields carved with a representation of a kifwebe mask on the central boss are relatively rare. Combining sculptural quality with an impressive pictorial dimension, these shields suggest a striking sense of modernity to Western eyes. Playing on the repetition of lines and the alternation of different pigments and motifs, the rhythm and graphic dynamism of this shield is accentuated by the tight curves of the projecting kifwebe masks.

Art of Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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