Impressive marotte of the Kuyu of Congo.
Appearing during kiephe-kiephe dance ceremonies, they are among the iconic sculptures of Central Africa.
The handle, now disappeared, supports a large cylinder representing the neck decorated with necklaces and rows of cowries.
Magnificent at the sum of this structure, the head combines the power of a delicately worked face with the profusion of bodily signs: a high double-shell hairstyle, frontal scarification, representation of the implantation of the hair and teeth filed to a point. Very rare, the set of eyes and mouth sketching a smile.
Here, the stylistic treatment, the virtuosity of the sculpture, the deep natural patina as well as the erosion attest to the great age of the work.
- Private collection, France.
- Collection Frayssine Rodez
- Olivier Larroque Gallery