Ancient anthropomorphic fetish / Democratic Republic of Congo / Mid 20th century

20th century
Tribal Art
From: 38090, Villefontaine, France

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    Old representation of a female fetish.
    The latter is represented standing in a stylized manner with the arms alongside the body, the hands coming to be positioned on each side of the navel. A chest with small triangular breasts projected forward takes place under a neck and a face of disproportionate dimensions. The very expressive face is characterized by small ears, almond-shaped eyes and a fine, straight nose under which a delicate mouth emerges, sketching a grin. The absence of hind limbs indicates that the piece had to be placed on the ground, the erosion of the base attesting to this.

    In African culture, death, disease or disaster are never natural. They are the result of the evil act of an enemy or of a failure to respect the gods and ancestors. Good is in a way only the absence of evil. Hence the importance of being constantly surrounded by an escalation of fetishes. Although they protect their holder, they are considered too dangerous to belong to ordinary people, they remain the property of a specialist who will exhibit them on request.

    Without base: 18.5 x 6 cm
    Condition: Beautiful patina of use, crack due to the age of the piece
    Provenance: Former private collection, Switzerland

    Ref: B9DVV2EI6F

    Style Tribal Art
    Century 20th century
    Materials Wood
    Shipping Time Ready to ship in 1 Business Day
    Location 38090, Villefontaine, France

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