Minatures

  • Bakongo Fetish (LMIN 023)

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    This is a rare interesting wooden figure originating from the Bakongo, a group of people living in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Bakongo sculptures fall into various categories and their representations vary according to function and meaning. Most of the figures represent elites and royals with many acting as power figures, others were sculpted to serve as ancestral representations or as shrine objects. They usually have magical materials attached. Diviners or priests would encrust pieces of glass in the eyes of the sculptures and these mirrors have the same meaning as the white pigment on the eyes of this figure which is to accentuate a sense of mystery and its ability to see the future. The diviner (nganga) was believed to have the power of being able to read the invisible. This figure has a coffee brown patina and looks old with signs of usage all over it. Material: Wood, White pigment Age:50-60yrs Origin: Democratic Republic Of Congo Condition: Slight crack across the back due to old age

  • Bakongo Mask (LMIN 045)

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    This mask originates from the Bakongo a group of people living in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Their kingdom consisted of some thirty groups at its beginning. Its original inhabitants occupied a narrow corridor south of the Congo River from present-day Kinshasa to the port city of Matadi in the lower Congo. Bakongo masks often known to be expressive masks. The masks were used during initiations and funerals of important individuals, or they may have social control functions or used by diviners and healers to exercise power. This particular mask has interesting facial features, carved with great concern for detail and naturalistic expression. Among the Kongo people, red represented bravery, black represented darkness, and white to illustrated knowledge or femininity, fertility and social harmony. This mask has white paint, red pigment around the lips and black pigment that runs from the back edges of the mask, it shows visible signs of usage and considerable age. Material: Wood, paint, and Kaolin Age:50-60yrs Origin: Democratic Republic Of Congo Condition: Good

  • Bali Statue (LMIN 037)

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    The Bali are located in the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, statues and tribal art in general from this region is quite rare and hence not a lot of information is known on the functionality of the figures from this tribe, we are yet to ascertain the function of this mask. This is an old female Bali statue with a shiny dark brown patina,this standing figure has a stunning face and quite elaborate features,it is without a doubt an old bush collected figure. Material: Wood Age: 50-60yrs Origin: Democratic Republic of the Congo Condition: Good

  • Bembe fetish (CMI 015)

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    This sculpture originates from the Bembe people, a tribe from the northwest forests of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Bembe carved numerous kinds of wooden figures that represent various spirits. These figures idealized images of  ancestors and were often used by medicine men for exorcisms and healing illnesses. This sculpture has a brown patina with clear visible signs of old age. Material: Wood Age:approx 55-70yrs Origin: Democratic Republic of Congo

  • Bembe Maskette (CMI 065)

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      The Bembe people migrated from Congo in the 18th century and resettled in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo , near its border with Tanzania and Burundi. We were not able to ascertain the use of passport masks among the Bembe but this is no doubt an old bush collected piece and shows signs of age and good usage. Material:Ivory Age:Approximately 55-70 yrs Origin:Democratic Republic of the Congo Condition:Very good

  • Bembe Statue (CMI 050)

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    The Bembe are found in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo .Miniature wooden sculptures such as this  represent the spirits of Bembe family ancestors. The following  statue has a dark patina and looks visibly old. Material:Wood Age:Approximately 55-70 yrs Origin:Democratic Republic of Congo Condition:good

  • Chokwe Mbiira Music Instrument (LMIN 001)

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    The Chokwe   live in DRC and Zambia.The Chokwe made staffs and stools, masks, combs, ceramics, tobacco mortars, and musical instruments. The mbira is a traditional African musical instrument, consisting of metal keys mounted over the bridge on a hardwood sound board, played with the thumbs or thumbs and both index fingers. Material:wood and metal Age:approximately 50-60 yrs Origin:Democratic Republic Of Congo Condition:Good

  • Chokwe Statue (LMIN 022)

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    This Chokwe statue was carved in wood in a unique style, it originates from the Chokwe people an ethnic group found in Angola, southwestern parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo and northwestern parts of Zambia. The Chokwe people influenced the art of many neighboring tribes, including the Lunda, Mbunda, Lovale, and Mbangani. They are very famous for their exceptional crafts work, particularly with baskets, pottery, mask carving, statues, stools and art objects produced to celebrate and validate the royal court. Such small statues were made to represent ancestors and remind the people about the ranks and powers of the ancestral spirits. This magnificent small Chokwe statue with an elaborate hair dress style on the head, incised scarification on the forehead, brown patina, good signs of age, usage, exposure, natural abrasions, and scuffs. Material: Wood Condition: Good Age:approx 50-60yrs Origin: Democratic Republic of Congo

  • Chokwe Statue Congo (LMIN 021)

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    This is a rare hand-carved wood Chokwe miniature statue, it originates from the Chokwe people an ethnic group found in Angola, southwestern parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo and northwestern parts of Zambia. The Chokwe people influenced the art of many neighboring tribes, including the Lunda, Mbunda, Lovale, and Mbangani. They are very famous for their exceptional crafts work, particularly with baskets, pottery, mask carving, statues, stools and art objects produced to celebrate and validate the royal court. Most Chokwe artwork is made in the concept of their religious beliefs. Most sculptures are sculpted to represent various ancestors, mostly the Ilunga so is this wonderful figure with bent legs and formidable features, it has a shiny coffee brown patina and looks old with signs of usage, wear, tear and exposure. Material: Wood Condition: Good Age:approx 50-60yrs Origin: Democratic Republic of Congo

  • Dinka Doll (LMIN 035)

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    The Dinka people are a Nilotic ethnic group living in South Sudan. They mostly live along river Nile, from Mangala to Renk, in regions of Bahr el Ghazal, Upper Nile and Abyei Area of the Ngok Dinka in South Sudan. This is a wonderful wooden carved Dinka doll decorated with beads around the mid-section, hands and ear rings. Such sculptures were made by young Dinka men and given to their new wives to be. The wife would then carry the doll on her back representing fertility. This doll has a khaki patina and looks old. Material: Light Wood and Beads Condition: Fairly Good Age:approx 50-60yrs Origin: Sudan

  • Dinka Fingure Ring (CMI 090)

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    This is an old ivory fingure ring from the Dinka people, a Nilotic ethnic group living in South Sudan. They mostly live along river Nile, from Mangala to Renk, in regions of Bahr el Ghazal, Upper Nile and Abyei Area of the Ngok Dinka in South Sudan. They are famous for their rituals in marriage, and cultural demonstrations in various ceremonies. Such rings were worn by the Dinka elites, Dinka men wore ivory rings with short knobs usually decorated with the circle and dot motif. Use often flattened the band on one side. They were considered ivory arm ornaments, and are mostly worn on the left hand, as the right hand is used for eating.   The Dinka finger rings are used to indicate status and are worn by men only. This ring has a wonderful aged patina and typical decorative markings, it also shows signs of usage, wear, and natural abrasion. Material: Ivory Age: 55-75yrs Origin: Sudan Condition: Good

  • Dinka Ivory Bracelet (CMI 033)

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    This is a large discus shaped bracelet from the Dinka people of South  Sudan. Ivory; partially decorated with black dots all over ,such armlets were worn by girls eligible for marriage . Women also wear bangles on their arms and legs, and they may also wear elaborate jewelry in their ... Song and dance play an important role in Dinka culture. This bracelet used by Dinka tribes for years and has reach patina that comes with age and usage. Material:Ivory Age:approximately 55-70 yrs Origin:South  Sudan Condition:Very good

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