Minatures

  • Karamojong Ivory Fingure Ring (CMI 092)

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    This is an old Gingure ring from the Karamojong people, the Karamajong are an ethnic group of agro-pastoral herders living mainly in the north-east of Uganda. Among the Karamojong, finger rings were worn by the elites in society thus a symbol of status in society. Karamajong ivory figure rings are quite rare and often difficult to come across they were never decorated with markings and have a plain look, this ring is undoubtedly old and shows signs of age, natural abrasion, and good usage. Material: Ivory Condition: Good Age:approx 55-75yrs Origin: Uganda

  • Kasongo Maniema Statue (LMIN 005)

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    Kasongo,  is a town and Territory, located in Maniema Province of the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. The head of the statue usually  has a hole at the top and this was purposely done to insert magical charges or serve to pass links. The following statue is a twin figure and bares a light brown patina, it shows visible signs of age and its no doubt a village collected figurine Material:Wood Age:approximately 50-60 yrs Origin:Democratic Republic Of Congo Condition:Good

  • Kela Mask (LMIN 046)

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    This mask originates from the Kela tribe located mainly in the Kasai-Oriental province of the Democratic Republic of Congo. This is a zoomorphic mask of a bird beak. We could not ascertain what such masks were used for in the Yella society but this is an old bush collected mask with a brown patina, white kaolin on one side, red pigment on the other side, a pointed beak-like chin and it displays perfect signs of age and usage. Material: Wood, Paint, White Kaolin Age:50-60yrs Origin: Democratic Republic Of Congo Condition: Good

  • Kuba Smoking Pipe (CMI 026)

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    This elaborately carved and ornamented tobacco pipe was not merely a functional smoking implement, but was also emblematic of its owner’s status.  . As symbols of prestige, Kuba pipes were not stored out of sight when not in use, but rather worn tucked into their owner’s belt, visible for all to see.The following pipe shows signs of age and good usage. Material:Wood Age:approximately 55-70 yrs Origin:Democratic Republic Of Congo Condition:Good

  • Kumu Statue (CMI 013)

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    The Kumu are one of the small tribes in the Ituri Rainforest in northeastern Congo. The Kumu are mostly known for their masks and produced very few sculptures.We could not ascertain what the following statue was used for but it is without a doubt an old field collected item with a khaki patina. Material:Wood and beads Age:Approximately 55-70 yrs Origin:Democratic Republic Of Congo Condition:Good

  • Kusu Statue Congo (LMIN 002)

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    Kusu live on the left bank of Lualaba River. During their migration from the north, they passed through Luba, Hemba and Songye lands where they assimilated social and artistic traditions of these ethnic groups. They are divided into clans  assisted by village chiefs, known as Mwamkana, and by family, chiefs called Bankumi.here is an initiation society, which is primarily aimed at educating people about the evils of witchcraft, and there are also diviners that are consulted for matters of importance. Nothing precise is known about Kusu art. It is relatively rare and is highly influenced by the neighboring Luba, Songye, and Hemba. This is an old miniature statue with a brown shiny patina and shows perfect age and usage. Material:Wood and strips of leather Age:50-60 yrs Origin:Democratic Republic Of Congo Condition:Good  

  • Kwere Ivory Hair Clips (CMI 083)

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    These are old wooden hairpins from the Kwere tribe found in the Ukerewe Island in Lake Victoria. They carved wooden figures appearing to have been effigies of deceased chiefs. Other examples of wood sculptures, including figures and masks. These hairpins were given to a Kwere woman by her husband either when the first daughter was born or when they moved into their own house. Afterward, the hairpins were worn as ornaments on festive occasions. They are carved from wood, have a dark patina, have a figurine at the top and are pointed at the bottom and decorations of a small layer of beads around the figurine's waist and neck. These pins are sold in pairs and they look visibly old and show signs of usage. Material: Ivory Age: approximately 55-75yrs Origin: Tanzania Condition: Good

  • Kwere Tanzania Hair Clips (CMI 084)

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    These are old wooden hairpins from the Kwere tribe found in the Ukerewe Island in Lake Victoria. They carved wooden figures appearing to have been effigies of deceased chiefs. Other examples of wood sculpture, including figures and masks. These hairpins were given to a Kwere woman by her husband either when the first daughter was born or when they moved into their own house. Afterward, the hairpins were worn as ornaments on festive occasions. They are carved from wood, have a dark patina, have a figurine at the top and are pointed at the bottom and decorations of a small layer of beads around the figurine's waist and neck. These pins are sold in pairs and they look visibly old and show signs of usage. Material: Wood and beads Age: approximately 55-75yrs Origin: Tanzania Condition: Good  

  • Kwere Tribe Calabash (CMI 019)

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    Calabashes were used as containers for medicines, sacred oils, powders, and other ‘charged’ substances among different Tanzanian peoples,  The calabashes were often closed with beautifully carved wooden stoppers - miniature heads that mimicked larger sculptures and masks used by the tribe. Healers and diviners traditionally used them during curing, healing, or soothsaying rituals.  This is an old calabash with a reddish patina and it shows visible signs of age. Material:Wood and beads Age:approximately 55-70 yrs Origin:Tanzania Condition:Good

  • Lega Mugugundu Statue (CMI 040)

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    Lega inhabits the virgin forest of eastern DRC, between the great lakes and the Lualaba River, next to Luba people. zoomorphic items were used in bwami, carved from wood, ivory, elephant bone, clay , there are hundreds of found object types displayed alongside ivory in initiation. Some zoomorphic sculptures, mostly quadrupeds are carved in an ambiguous form rendering them nearly impossible to identify. Zoomorphic forms are emblems used in initiation , individuals of lower grade may own them , unless they are made of ivory. In other regions they are owned by the preceptor, in some regions of the Lega country, all of the above variations of ownership are possible. These stylized figures called Mugugunda have prescribed a name during the ritual that does not necessarily correspond with the sculptural form. This is an old clay statue with a black patina and it shows signs of age. Material:Clay Age:Approximately 55-70 yrs Origin:Democratic Republic Of Congo Condition:Good

  • Lega Comb (CMI 025)

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    The Bwami society is the context for the production of most Lega artwork, which includes ivory and wooden statuettes and masks. Ivory objects are reserved for the highest level, Kindi, while wooden objects are used by Kindi and Yonanio, the second level. African men and women adorn their heads in creative and distinctive ways. Combs are used to create an array of magnificent hairstyles. Material: Wood Age: approximately 55-70 yrs Origin: Democratic Republic Of Congo Condition: Good

  • Lega Fetish Head (CMI 017)

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    This is a Lega trunk head and such statues were revered to be one of the most important object types in Lega art. Sculptures of this type were both owned by the highest-ranking bwami or communally entrusted to an individual of lesser rank. Very little information regarding the use of trunk heads is known but was most likely the central figure around which other sculptures were displayed in bwami rituals. The following sculpture is undoubtedly a field-collected item and bares a consistent patina and shows signs of age. Material:Ivory and cowrie shell Age:55-70 yrs Origin:Democratic Republic Of Congo Condition:Very Good

  • Lega Ivory Bracelet (CMI 087)

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    This small pendant belongs to men’s society “bwami” from the Lega tribe an ethnic group found in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Lega people are amongst Africa’s best- known carvers and artists, the Lega tribe art is created for primarily their semisecret associations of men Such bracelets among the art of the Bwami , the women of Kanyamwa grades wore bracelets as indicators of social status. This is a fine old ivory bracelet with no markings or dots and it looks visibly old and used. Material: Ivory Age:approx 55-75yrs Origin: Democratic Republic Of Congo Condition: Good

  • Lega Ivory Mask (CMI 055)

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    The ivory Lega masks are  associated with a specific ancestor whose memory remains very present, who lived several generations. As an object of initiation it is employed during the paroxysmal rites of the Lutumbo lwa kindi initiations .It is "guarded" by an elderly kindi who is its custodian in the name of the kindi , living and dead, of a ritual community. In this group, it constitutes an element of cohesion and justice. The depth of the patina is of prime importance: even more than the age of the work, it testifies the frequency of its intensive use during initiation. Material:Ivory Age:approximately 55-70 yrs Origin:Democratic Republic Of Congo  

  • Lega Ivory Mask (CMI 056)

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    The ivory Lega masks are  associated with a specific ancestor whose memory remains very present, who lived several generations. As an object of initiation it is employed during the paroxysmal rites of the Lutumbo lwa kindi initiations .It is "guarded" by an elderly kindi who is its custodian in the name of the kindi , living and dead, of a ritual community. In this group, it constitutes an element of cohesion and justice. The depth of the patina is of prime importance: even more than the age of the work, it testifies the frequency of its intensive use during initiation. Material:Ivory Age:approximately 55-70 yrs Origin:Democratic Republic Of Congo Condition:Very good

  • Lega Ivory Mask (CMI 059)

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    The ivory Lega masks are  associated with a specific ancestor whose memory remains very present, who lived several generations. As an object of initiation it is employed during the paroxysmal rites of the Lutumbo lwa kindi initiations .It is "guarded" by an elderly kindi who is its custodian in the name of the kindi , living and dead, of a ritual community. In this group, it constitutes an element of cohesion and justice. The depth of the patina is of prime importance: even more than the age of the work, it testifies the frequency of its intensive use during initiation. Material:Ivory Age:approximately 55-70 yrs Origin:Democratic Republic Of Congo

  • Lega Ivory Mask (CMI 062)

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    The ivory Lega masks are  associated with a specific ancestor whose memory remains very present, who lived several generations. As an object of initiation it is employed during the paroxysmal rites of the Lutumbo lwa kindi initiations .It is "guarded" by an elderly kindi who is its custodian in the name of the kindi , living and dead, of a ritual community. In this group, it constitutes an element of cohesion and justice. The depth of the patina is of prime importance: even more than the age of the work, it testifies the frequency of its intensive use during initiation. Material:Ivory Age:approximately 55-70 yrs Origin:Democratic Republic Of Congo

  • Lega Ivory Pendant (CMI 088)

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    This small pendant belongs to men’s society “bwami” from the Lega tribe an ethnic group found in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Lega tribe art is created for primarily their semisecret associations of men and women, such as the Bwami society of the Lega peoples. Only members of the “kindi” level were allowed to possess such ivory figures. Each object was combined with special proverbs implying positive or negative meaning, depending on the context in which they were has been carved out of ivory in the form of a human. A hole has been drilled where the columnar neck terminates, allowing this pendant to be strung upon a necklace. Stylistically, the face is characteristic of the Lega style, including eyes represented by two concentric circles, a motif repeated along the sides of the neck. Such a pendant may have served as decoration distinguishing the wearer as someone of wealth and taste. Alternately, it may have had a religious or ceremonial function. It has a brown coloration, light in weight and looks physically old with traces of usage. Material: Ivory Age:approx 55-75yrs Origin: Democratic Republic Of Congo Condition: Good

  • Lega Ivory Statue (CMI 068)

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    Some Lega figurative sculptures use flatness to illustrate the feminine posture of moral and social goodness. Lega figures are individually owned by the highest ranking society members, are the most coveted of all initiation objects. Some anthropomorphic figures are called kalimbangoma. Each member of  a sublevel of the highest Bwami rank, owns a ivory human kalimbangoma figure as a sign of his status.The following statue has a dark brown patina and is visibly old. Material:Ivory Age:approximately 55-70 yrs Origin:Democratic Republic of the Congo. Condition:Very good

  • Lega Ivory Statue (CMI 069)

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      Some Lega figurative sculptures use flatness to illustrate the feminine posture of moral and social goodness. Lega figures are individually owned by the highest ranking society members, are the most coveted of all initiation objects. Some anthropomorphic figures are called kalimbangoma. Each member of  a sublevel of the highest Bwami rank, owns a ivory human kalimbangoma figure as a sign of his status.The following statue has a dark brown patina and is visibly old. Material:Ivory Age:approximately 55-70 yrs Origin:Democratic Republic of the Congo. Condition:Very good

  • Lega Ivory Statue (CMI 070)

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    Some Lega figurative sculptures use flatness to illustrate the feminine posture of moral and social goodness. Lega figures are individually owned by the highest ranking society members, are the most coveted of all initiation objects. Some anthropomorphic figures are called kalimbangoma. Each member of  a sublevel of the highest Bwami rank, owns a ivory human kalimbangoma figure as a sign of his status.The following statue has a light brown patina and is visibly old. Material:Ivory Age:approximately 55-70 yrs Origin:Democratic Republic of the Congo. Condition:Very good

  • Lega Ivory Statue (CMI 071)

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    Some Lega figurative sculptures use flatness to illustrate the feminine posture of moral and social goodness. Lega figures are individually owned by the highest ranking society members, are the most coveted of all initiation objects. Some anthropomorphic figures are called kalimbangoma. Each member of  a sublevel of the highest Bwami rank, owns a ivory human kalimbangoma figure as a sign of his status.The following statue has a light brown patina and is visibly old. Material:Ivory Age:approximately 55-70 yrs Origin:Democratic Republic of the Congo. Condition:Very good  

  • Lega Ivory Statue (CMI 074)

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    Some Lega figurative sculptures use flatness to illustrate the feminine posture of moral and social goodness. Lega figures are individually owned by the highest ranking society members, are the most coveted of all initiation objects. Some anthropomorphic figures are called kalimbangoma. Each member of  a sublevel of the highest Bwami rank, owns a ivory human kalimbangoma figure as a sign of his status.The following statue has a dark brown patina and is visibly old. Material:Ivory Age:approximately 55-70 yrs Origin:Democratic Republic of the Congo. Condition:Very good

  • Lega Ivory Statue (CMI 075)

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    Some Lega figurative sculptures use flatness to illustrate the feminine posture of moral and social goodness. Lega figures are individually owned by the highest ranking society members, are the most coveted of all initiation objects. Some anthropomorphic figures are called kalimbangoma. Each member of  a sublevel of the highest Bwami rank, owns a ivory human kalimbangoma figure as a sign of his status.The following statue has a light brown patina and is visibly old. Material:Ivory Age:approximately 55-70 yrs Origin:Democratic Republic of the Congo. Condition:Very good

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